Protester carrying an image of Trayvon Martin and family members. (photo by Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters)
Florida State Attorney Angela Corey’s announcement April 11 that George Zimmerman had been arrested on charges of second-degree murder for the shooting of Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012, brought some sense of relief to Martin’s family but has not quelled the concern of many that Martin’s death represents only one incident within a pervasive pattern.
Appearing on the NBC’s Today Show Thursday, Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, expressed her belief that the shooting was an “accident” resulting from circumstances that “got out of control.” She later clarified her statement on MSNBC by pointing out that, “The ‘accident’ I was referring to was the fact that George Zimmerman and my son ever crossed paths. .. My son was profiled, followed and murdered by George Zimmerman, and there was nothing accidental about that.”
Tracy Martin, the teen’s father, in response to a question from Gayle King on CBS This Morning, expressed relief knowing Zimmerman was now in custody and “wouldn’t be able to take another seventeen-year-old’s life.”
Both parents throughout the struggle to see Zimmerman arrested have maintained they are less interested in the racial aspects of the case than they are in the issue of “right and wrong.” While various observers have respectfully supported their stated position, some contend that the issues are not necessarily separate.
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