Trayvon's Parents React Strongly to Zimmerman Interview

Trayvon Martin's parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, say they have no interest in taking Zimmerman up on his offer to meet with them.

Posted: 07/19/2012 12:44 PM EDT

The parents of Trayvon Martin reacted strongly to George Zimmerman’s assertion Wednesday that the events that led to the killing of their son were “all God’s plan.”

 

“I really think that was ridiculous,” said Sybrina Fulton, the mother of the dead teenager, speaking on NBC’s Today Show. “I don’t think that [it was] God’s plan for him to kill an innocent teenager.”

 

Zimmerman appeared in his first television interview Wednesday night with Sean Hannity on Fox News. In the interview, Zimmerman said that he does not regret the events of the night Trayvon Martin was killed. 

 

From the interview:

 

SEAN HANNITY: Is there anything you regret? Do you regret getting out of the car to follow Trayvon that night?

GEORGE ZIMMERMAN: No, sir.

HANNITY: Do you regret that you had a gun that night?

ZIMMERMAN: No, sir.

HANNITY: Do you feel you wouldn't be here for this interview if you didn't have that gun?

ZIMMERMAN: No, sir.

HANNITY: You feel you would not be here?

ZIMMERMAN: I feel it was all God's plan and for me to second guess it or judge it --

HANNITY: Is there anything you might do differently in retrospect now that the time has passed a little bit?

ZIMMERMAN: No, sir.

 

Both Fulton and Tracy Martin, Trayvon's father, said they had watched Zimmerman's entire interview. “I found a lot of things revealing, like he had no regard for Trayvon’s life,” said Martin. “And he doesn’t have any regrets about taking his life.”

 

Zimmerman stated that he would be interested in meeting with the parents of the teenager he shot. When asked if they would be open to sitting down with Zimmerman, Fulton said: “Absolutely not.”

 

The parents were accompanied by their lawyer, Benjamin Crump. When asked about his reaction to the interview, Crump said it was packed with “so many inconsistencies” with accounts Zimmerman gave earlier.

 

“It speaks for itself,” Crump said. “Just listen to the 911 tapes. The state’s attorney is going to look at that interview as a gift.”

 

Last night, Martin released a statement in response to Zimmerman via his attorney's Twitter account, stating, “we must worship a different God because there is no way that MY GOD would have wanted George Zimmerman to KILL my teenage son.”

 

"I'm not a racist and I'm not a murderer," Zimmerman also told Hannity when asked what he wanted people to know about the case. Prosecutors in the case, as well as Trayvon's parents and their lawyers, have contended that the teenager was racially profiled by Zimmerman. Trayvon was Black. Zimmerman's father is white and his mother is Peruvian.



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