Trayvon’s mother: Zimmerman’s family is hurting, but we lost our son

By David Ferguson
Thursday, April 12, 2012 10:40 EDT
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Martin family on 'Today'
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Trayvon Martin’s mother and father, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton appeared on “The Today Show” on Thursday morning along with their attorney, Benjamin Crump to discuss the arrest and charges filed against the man who shot their son, George Zimmerman, Jr.

Zimmerman has been charged with second degree murder, which is much more serious than the manslaughter charges most pundits and observers expected from the prosecution.

When asked what they would do or say if they came face with George Zimmerman today, both said that first and foremost, they want Zimmerman to be held accountable. Fulton said that she believes that the gunman should first apologize. She said that she thinks that the shooting was “an accident,” that things escalated and got “out of control.” However, she said, while she knows that the Zimmerman family is in pain, she has lost her son.

“It’s just very difficult to live with day in and day out,” she told “Today” anchor Ann Curry, “I’m sure (George Zimmerman’s) parents can pick up the phone and call him, but we can’t pick up the phone and call Trayvon anymore.”

Watch the clip, embedded via MSNBC, below:

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David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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