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July 15th, 2013
06:30 AM ET

Martin's family speaks out on verdict – John Zarrella reports

Demonstrators rallied across the country after former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was acquitted Saturday of murder, and manslaughter, in the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

Martin's relatives spoke out on the verdict as well, but their message was one of healing. CNN’s John Zarrella has more on their response.

“The message from Lesha Felton, Trayvon Martin's cousin was clear, direct,” Zarrella reports.

"We don't want this to happen to anyone else again no reason this happens to any other families,” Felton said. “No one should have to go through this."

At Sunday’s service at the church where Martin’s family are members but were not in attendance, "there were certainly feelings of hurt, sadness, disappointment amongst the congregation, anger too,” Zarrella says. “But the bottom line, church members say everyone now must move on.”

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  1. raymond jackson

    CHECK THIS OUT PEOPLE !! Trayvon Martin's parents are full of shit ! Sabrina Fulton did not raise her son Trayvon. Trayvon only saw his mom on only 6 occasions from ages 4yrs old until his death. 7 times if you count the funeral. It took her 4 days to come to Sanford Florida from Miami to see what was going on with her son. If it was my son I'd be there the next day. His step-mother Alicia Stanley is the one who raised him from 4yrs old until 5 months before his death. Trayvon moved in with his mom Sabrina the last 5 months of his life. She kicked him out of her house 4 times in those 5 months. Who would do that to their teenage son? A mother who cares? Tracy Martin and Sabrina Fulton said before the trial "this case has nothing to do with race". But only after the verdict was "not guilty" and their lawyer Mr. Crump said "hey guys we can make some serious $ off this if you make it about race" did they change their minds. It is estimated that they have made over 1.5 million dollars and counting off their sons death from interviews and Trayvon's foundation. They have both quit their jobs and do get paid extremely well for their interviews. 10 plus interviews and counting. And not once in all the interviews they have done has Sabrina or Tracy shed a tear for their sons death. This is not how Trayvon would have wanted his parents to carry on his legacy if their is one. Are Trayvon's parents hurt? Sure. but this is all about the $. Shame on them and may GOD forgive them for they do not know what they do.

    July 22, 2013 at 3:37 am | Reply
  2. LC

    Dear CNN. Please stop promulgating the "racial divide" facet of the Zimmerman verdict. There are many whites who feel as Trayvon's parents do, that the verdict was a travesty, that Trayvon was, indeed, racially profiled and that George Zimmerman should have been found guilty of, at the very least, manslaughter. I'm white and that's how I feel. I can't even get my head around how a 17 year-old-kid walking home, minding his own business can get gunned down for nothing and that no one has to answer for it. I find the entire thing from beginning to end so distressing as it stands alone, but to then have CNN assume that because I'm white, I agree with the verdict, is offensive and erroneous. So I ask that CNN and all media outlets stop drawing the public response along racial lines and stop assuming that you know how I feel about the case or the verdict or racial profiling or anything, because you don't. I'm sure that I'm not the only white who feels this way. It does the media a disservice and it does the viewers a disservice. It only perpetuates the problems that it purports to want to heal. Racial differences. Racial prejudice and racial stereotyping. When you assume that you know how I feel, based on the color of my skin, that's a more benign form of racial profiling, but that's what it is. You don't know me. You can't possibly know what I think or I feel based on my race. To Trayvon's parents, I say I'm so sorry for your loss and can't even begin to comprehend your pain. To Ms. Chantel, I say, don't listen to the negative comments. You have friendly faces in the world looking your way, who you don't know and will never know, and some of those faces are white. And to all those who assume that I feel a certain way because I'm white, don't. Because you'd be wrong.

    July 19, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Reply
  3. unhappy

    thank you who ever you are for this video of Trayvon it was beautiful, I'm sure his parents would agree. I'm just shaking my head at this case. The prosecution appeared to be helping the defense's case instead of defending Trayvon Matim and his family. first they presented a poor defense, I've worked with a high profile attorney in the past and I must say something smells rotten. the prosecution did a poor job with the preparation of there witnesses. I do understand that the juror could only make a decision based on the evidence given to them and because it was a lack thereof they made a decision based on that. I did notice however, when ever a juror spoke about the case they called Zimmerman by his first name and seem to really sympathize with him as though he were the victim and when they mentioned Trayvon Martin they would say his full name as though he were the perpetrator, I thought that to be odd since Zimmerman was the one on trial for murder. This is for juror 37 you should keep your comments to yourself because your starting to ruffle some feathers, someone might recognize your voice in public. this case is not over by far justice will prevail. Also to juror 37 you can't compare the loss of a child's life to what you think Zimmerman was feeling when he was in court, Zimmerman is gong home (for the mean time) and Trayvon isn't. I wonder how you would feel if it were your child that went out on the rainy night for some skittles and encountered Zimmerman which intern shoot your child in the heart and killed him for no reason other thn he looked suspicious if you would feel the same. I know what the lose of a child feels like i"ve been living with it for 26 years and no one took their life. GOD BLESS THE MARTIN FAMILY DON'T WORRY JUSTICE IS COMING SOON AND SWIFT GOD WILL SEE TO IT.

    July 17, 2013 at 2:40 am | Reply
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    July 15, 2013 at 7:59 pm | Reply

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