Trayvon Martin was visiting his father’s fiancée in Sanford, Florida on February 26, 2012. On that evening, the 17-year-old went to a nearby convenience store to pick up Skittles and a can of Arizona Iced Tea.
While walking back to the residence he was staying at, resident George Zimmerman saw him and called 911. Though he was instructed not to follow the teen, Zimmerman did anyway, confronting him and leading to the altercation that had Zimmerman shooting Martin in the chest and killing him.
Now, 10 years later, Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton, is reflecting on her son’s death. During an interview with PEOPLE, she says she still sheds a tear every day over it.
“I can be going along with my day just fine, and then something will happen,” she told the magazine. “They're called triggers: You hear something or see something that reminds you, and the emotions come back. I have days that are easier and days that are harder. I miss Trayvon, and I'll miss him every day of my life.”
Fulton also notes how her life has changed since Trayvon’s death and subsequent acquittal of Zimmerman – found not guilty in July 2013 under Florida's "Stand Your Ground" laws.
“I think about all the things that have happened — from meeting President Obama to talking to other families who have gone through the same thing,” she said. “It's gratifying that Trayvon is remembered and is part of making a change, but I would give it all up to have him back. Nothing good that has happened can make up for the fact that I lost my son.”
As far as how she’s dealt with the pain of losing her son, Fulton says self-care is very important to her.
“There are days where I just sleep, or watch a movie, or go shopping or to the beach,” she notes. “Or I'll pray. I'll see a friend. I'll do something to take my mind off of things. And now 10 years later, I realize that it's okay. I can have some time where I take care of myself.”