Trayvon Martin's parents: we are shocked by verdict

Trayvon Martin

In this image released by NBC, parents of Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton, second left, and Tracy Martin, second right, appear on the "Today" show with Fulton's other son Jahvaris Fulton, left, and co-host Matt Lauer in New York. Martin's parents plan to participate in separate vigils on Saturday. Sabrina Fulton and Jahvaris Fulton will join Al Sharpton outside New York Police Department headquarters while Tracy Martin is set to be at a similar event at a federal courthouse in Miami. (AP Photo/NBC, Peter Kramer)

Miami Trayvon Martin's parents made appearances on network news shows Thursday, saying they are still shocked that jurors acquitted George Zimmerman in the 2012 shooting death of their 17-year-old son.

"My son was unarmed, and the person that shot and killed him got away with murder," Sybrina Fulton told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Thursday night, as she made the case for a change in self-defense laws. She said she's now afraid for her oldest son and not sure how to advise him to react when faced with a threat.

On NBC's "Today" show earlier Thursday, Fulton questioned whether jurors looked at the shooting from her son's point of view.

"He was a teenager. He was scared. He did run," Fulton said, who added that she believes the justice system failed her son.

"We didn't get the verdict we wanted because we wanted him to be (held) accountable."

Martin's father, Tracy Martin, expressed disbelief in the verdict handed down Saturday by a six-woman jury following a three-week trial in central Florida.

"We felt in our hearts that we were going to get a conviction," Martin said. "We felt that the killer of our unarmed child was going to be convicted of the crime he committed."

On ABC's "Good Morning America," Tracy Martin said he felt the jury did not get a chance to get to know the teen. "They didn't know him as a human being," he said.

Martin's parents said they still believe Zimmerman, who identifies himself as Hispanic, racially profiled their son.

"Obviously, any time you have a person that makes an assumption that a person is up to no good, that's some kind of profiling," Martin said. "Was he racially profiled? I think if Trayvon had been white, this never would have happened."


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