Trayvon Martin’s parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, spoke to CBS This Morning today in their first interview since George Zimmerman was found not guilty of murdering their 17-year-old son. Fulton said she was “stunned” that Zimmerman was acquitted.
“I was in a bit of shock,” she said. “I thought surely he would be found guilty of second-degree murder—manslaughter at the least. But I just knew that they would see that this was a teenager trying to get home. This was no burglar.”
Fulton stressed that her son was just a child when he was killed. “Instead of placing the blame on the teenager we need to place the blame on the responsible adult,” she said. As for whether or not civil action might be taken against Zimmerman, Martin and Fulton’s lawyer, Benjamin Crump, said they are exploring all options and are also hoping for federal charges. “We’re asking the Justice Department, can a private citizen with a gun profile and follow our children home?” he said.