In an open letter posted to the Facebook page of Change.org on Wednesday, the parents of Trayvon Martin expressed gratitude for the more than 2 million signatures obtained in their petition to have charges brought upon George Zimmerman, the man who confessed to killing their unarmed son in February.
In the letter, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton write:
“We are still devastated by the loss of our son Trayvon Martin, and nothing can bring him back. But today, we are heartened to tell you that justice may finally be served for Trayvon.
“For weeks after Trayvon was killed, authorities refused to arrest Zimmerman. We couldn't believe that in 2012, public officials would turn a blind eye to our son's killing. We couldn't let that happen.
“More than 2 million people joined our call on Change.org for Zimmerman's arrest. We are so much closer to justice with the decision to bring charges against our son’s killer. We feel less alone knowing that so many people stood with our family during this impossible time.
“When Trayvon was just nine, he ran into a burning house to save his father's life. He may be gone, but he is still our hero. We are so thankful to all of you who fought to honor his memory.
“Thank you for standing with us, and with Trayvon.”
On April 11, 45 days after Trayvon was killed, a special prosecutor announced Zimmerman would be charged with second-degree murder and said he is currently in police custody.
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