Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, said she is prepared to deal with whatever verdict is imposed on George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer who killed her son. She added that she is even prepared to face the possibility of Zimmerman being found not guilty.
Fulton addressed a town hall meeting in Cincinnati on violence and racial harmony and discussed her feelings about the February shooting of Trayvon, a killing that has garnered nationwide attention and controversy. She and Trayvon’s father, Tracy Martin, spoke about their grief and the importance of preventing similar shootings.
"My son's life was cut down short. He had a bright future," she said.
"The most difficult part is the process that I'm going through now, and that's the part of not having my son on earth. Everything else is just a process, and I think if I can deal with not holding my son and hugging my son and not talking to him, I can certainly deal with whatever the court rules."
Following the town hall event, Fulton did not respond to questions about whether she considered Zimmerman sincere in stating that the killing was not racially motivated.
But Benjamin Crump, the family’s attorney, offered a perspective. "We didn't know George Zimmerman before this. We don't know if he's a racist or not," Crump said. "He profiled Trayvon Martin for some reason and pursued him. Whether he wants to say he profiled him because he thought he was a criminal or whether it's something more sinister, we will never know what was in his mind."
Earlier this month, Zimmerman sat for his first network news interview. "I'm not a racist and I'm not a murderer," Zimmerman told host Sean Hannity when asked what he wanted people to know about him. 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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