News of unarmed 17-year-old Sanford, Florida teen Trayvon Martin being gunned down outside of a gated community–by a regular citizen–with no form of justice being served has angered and swept the nation.
Now, Trayvon’s parents, Sybrina Fulton & Tracy Martin, are speaking out and giving their take of what happened, and what now needs to happen, on Anderson Cooper‘s talk show airing later today.
On this afternoon’s episode of “Anderson,” the parents of Trayvon Martin will speak out about the killing of their high school son. We have purposely not speculated on the situation as there are very few facts, but plenty of unproven accusations. Whether readers agree or not, we choose not to gossip about non-Hollywood matters (which has been our policy for the 7 years we have been here) where gossip could do more harm to the case then good.
With a formal in-depth sit-down from his parents, we can now get a better idea of the horrible situation at hand.
Trayvon was fatally shot February 26, 2012 while walking to the house of his father’s fiancee in Sanford, Florida, after a trip to a convenience store. George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch leader, said he shot the teen in self-defense. Trayvon reportedly was wearing a hoodie & carrying a bag of Skittles.
Zimmerman has not been arrested or charged. A police report describes him as a white male; his family says he is Hispanic.
As for the pending issues: There are some reports stating Zimmerman was actually not a member of Neighborhood watch, some reports say the 8 released 9-1-1 calls were edited/scrubbed to help Zimmerman, and some reports sate that Zimmerman is actually hiding out to avoid possible impending justice. Our nation is outraged at the Zimmerman seeming to equate hoodies and a certain “look” of a person as “trouble.” There have been no explanations as to what was allegedly done to invoke “self defense” from Zimmerman.
Here are Trayvon’s parents, as well as a witness, speaking on various aspects of the case: