The family of Trayvon Martin issued a statement thank President Obama for his comments about the 17-year-old student who was killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer.
“It is humbling that President Obama took time from his busy schedule to talk about Trayvon and offer the support of the Department of Justice and other federal organizations,” the statement said.
“The President's personal comments touched us deeply and made us wonder: If his son looked liked Trayvon and wore a hoodie, would he be suspicious too? “
Earlier in the day, the president offered words of support to the family of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed Black teenager who was killed by George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain.
"My main message is to the parents of Trayvon Martin: If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon,” the president said, speaking in the White House Rose Garden.
“Obviously, this is a tragedy,” Obama said. “I can only imagine what these parents are going through. When I think about this boy, I think about my own kids. And I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this, and that everybody pulls together, federal, state and local to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened.”
Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, Travon’s father and mother, have been appearing at rallies in the last few days, calling for the arrest of Zimmerman, who has not yet been charged with a crime.
In the statement, they said: “We'd like to thank the president and the millions of people from around the world who have shown their support for Trayvon by participating in hoodie marches, rallies or through social media.”
They added, “We are all working together to not only get justice for Trayvon, but also to ensure that this kind of senseless tragedy doesn't happen to another child.
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