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Trayvon’s Mother Says Zimmerman’s Acquittal Will Not Define Trayvon

In a speech to the National Urban League in Philadelphia, Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton said she felt God was using her and her family “to make a change and to make a difference” as they continue to fight to prevent more tragedies like the one that killed her son.

“At times I feel like I am a broken vessel,” Fulton told the crowd at the Urban League’s annual convention. “But I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God is using me and using my family to make a change and to make a difference.”

Fulton said that through the Trayvon Martin Foundation she would continue to advocate for her son and others like him so that Zimmerman’s acquittal wouldn’t end her child’s story.

“The verdict is not going to define who Trayvon Martin was. We will define his legacy,” Fulton stated.

Her speech came as juror B29 came forward on “Good Morning America” to say that Zimmerman “got away with murder” because the jury didn’t have enough evidence to convict him.

“You can’t put the man in jail even though in our hearts we felt he was guilty,” said the juror, identified as ‘Maddie.’ “But we had to grab our hearts and put it aside and look at the evidence.”

“George Zimmerman got away with murder, but you can’t get away from God. And at the end of the day, he’s going to have a lot of questions and answers he has to deal with,” she said. “(But) the law couldn’t prove it.”

Sybrina Fulton said she supports a federal investigation of Zimmerman. She asked the audience to wrap their minds around the fact that “all because of a law,” there would be no more great milestones for her son such as prom, graduation, college or parenthood. 

“Trayvon is my son,” said Fulton. “But Trayvon is also your son.”

She urged the audience to use her story and her “broken heart” to make sure that what happened to her son does not happen to someone else’s child.


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