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NEWS: Slain Florida Teen Trayvon Martin's PARENTS Speak Out On "Anderson"

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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.  We have clips from the show inside...

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:

Trayvon Martin's father, Tracy, talks about whether race played a role in Trayvon's death, and in the subsequent actions of the police:

Anderson: Tracy there has not been police action, this man Zimmerman was not arrested the day of the shooting. Do you believe if your son had been white that Zimmerman would have been arrested?
Tracy: I honestly believe had Trayvon been a white kid he would have been arrested. Zimmerman would have been arrested. I just feel as though the Sanford police department is doing us an injustice. They actually are trying to sweep our son's death under the rug. Trayvon was a person, he wasn't just a statistic, he was loved by his family, he was loved by his friends. I just refuse to stop pursuing the arrest of Mr. Zimmerman until he is arrested.
 

Trayvon Martin's mother, Sabryna, says that the as yet unidentified 911 calls prior to her son's death were absolutely Trayvon's voice.

Anderson: The eyewitness have said some of them believe it was your son calling out for help, no one saw him directly doing it or could say it 100% for sure. You've heard the 911 call where you hear somebody calling out for help. Do you believe that is your son's voice?
Sybrina: Yes I do. I believe that's Trayvon Martin, that's my baby's voice. Every mother knows their child and that's his voice.
Anderson: And the fact, if that's true and he called out for help, what does that tell you?
Tracy: He was afraid for his life. He saw his death coming. He saw his death coming. The screams got more frantic. At that second that we heard the shot the screams just completely stopped. He saw his death, he was pleading for his life.
Anderson: So you're saying that if it was Zimmerman who was screaming for help that might have continued after the shot but the fact that after the shot there was no more screaming for help.
Tracy: No more screaming whatever, it went completely silent.

 

Following the death of her son Trayvon Martin, Trayvon's mom says it has been difficult to grieve when no justice has been served.

Anderson: What's it like Sabrina for you to have to do this. Weeks later to be trying to get what you believe is justice for your son?
Sybrina: It's just difficult to grieve because it just seems like we haven't received justice yet. It's hard to sleep. I cry everyday. I can hear the 911 tapes in my head. I can hear him yelling. It's just very difficult as a mother to know that I had to bury my child.

One witness who saw George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin struggling with one another tells her side of the story.

Anderson: When you both went outside. You saw George Zimmerman where? And where was Trevon Martin?
Mary: She was out the door first. When I came out the door I saw him basically straddling him. He had feet on either side of his body and his hands at the time I didn't know was on his back.
Anderson: Trevon was face down?
Mary: Trevon was face down. Once he got off of the body we could see that his face was down in the grass. At the time that he was holding his back I didn't know if he was trying to help him, hold the wound or…Selma had asked him several times, three times, 'Whats going on? Is everything okay? And each time he looked back but he didn't say anything until the third time he said, 'Just call the police.'

 

And father Tracy spoke on what he wants the audience and the nation to push for at this moment:

Basically we don't want to have another family go through this. We are very appreciative that the community across the nation is standing behind us and asking the same questions that we are asking. Why isn't George Zimmerman arrested? We want an arrest, we want him to have a fair trial. We are not asking for an eye for an eye but we want justice for our son. The only thing that will ease the pain is seeing him being punished for the crime that he committed.

The parents' full interview airs on "Anderson" this afternoon (Thursday, March 22nd).  Check your local listings.

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This just shows you that they

This just shows you that they really don't care. Racists and descrimination will never end! Smh. Sad but true!
Kamesha's picture

What scares me the most is

What scares me the most is that if Zimmerman isn't charged and walks away from what appears to be premeditated murder, there will be other racist/crazed would be assailants "hunting" for young inner city kids and shooting them in alledged "self defense" and getting away with it.
ChiqPiq's picture

Whites don't have to get

Whites don't have to get their hands dirty and kill blacks, they're doing a damn good job of it themselves.
Anonymous's picture

Yes..!! The black on black

Yes..!! The black on black crimes are out of control and we do need a bigger voice crying out ..!! But there's NO WAY we will sit back and allow a NON BLACK idiot kill us in cold blood as he did and get off scott free..!!! We all know if this story was flip and the black man killed a NON BLACK boy... The black man would be facing lethal injuctions..!! It's not right that we have to fight haaaaaard for JUSTICE..!! Black DEAD BLOOD MEANS NOTHING TO THE SYSTEM OF THE UNITED STATES..!!! You know the old saying...family can fight all day long..But NO outsider better NOT put a hand ..let alone a bullet in the chest of our family member..!!! In other words ...DON'T F@*K with family..!!!
Anonymous's picture

You silly people get all

You silly people get all fired up over a "white" no really a hispanic man killing one black kid but I don't see anywhere on this sight or any other where black people are getting fired up over the 16 murdered and 40 wounded in Chicago over St Patricks Day weekend, youngest killed was 6 and youngest wounded was 14months. Where is the rage. Oh it was black on black crime so no problem but this "white" (HISPANIC) honkey must be brought to justice. Ya'll just stupid!
Anonymous's picture

U need to get ur head

U need to get ur head checked. Don't come here and speak nonesence like that and get people more wound up than they already are. U not what? FUCK U. A little boys life was ended for no reason, A mother and father lost their child because someone racially attacked and killed him and nothing was done about it. Such stupid, ignorant comments like that does nothing but create more hatred. For ur comment, I'll say FUCK U again. In fact, FUCK U twice more!!!
Anonymous's picture

Give us just one case of the

Give us just one case of the above mentioned were the murderer was at the scene when police arrived and there was clear evidence (ie. 911 recording) that the victim was chased and gunned down in cold blood and then the police let him go home. If u can provide THAT info, I guarentee the community will be just as outraged. No matter the color of skin!
Angel's picture

Give us just one case of the

Give us just one case of the above mentioned were the murderer was at the scene when police arrived and there was clear evidence (ie. 911 recording) that the victim was chased and gunned down in cold blood and then the police let him go home. If u can provide THAT info, I guarentee the community will be just as outraged. No matter the color of skin!
Angel's picture

Give us just one case of the

Give us just one case of the above mentioned were the murderer was at the scene when police arrived and there was clear evidence (ie. 911 recording) that the victim was chased and gunned down in cold blood and then the police let him go home. If u can provide THAT info, I guarentee the community will be just as outraged. No matter the color of skin!
Angel's picture

Give us just one case of the

Give us just one case of the above mentioned were the murderer was at the scene when police arrived and there was clear evidence (ie. 911 recording) that the victim was chased and gunned down in cold blood and then the police let him go home. If u can provide THAT info, I guarentee the community will be just as outraged. No matter the color of skin!
Angel's picture

Give us just one case of the

Give us just one case of the above mentioned were the murderer was at the scene when police arrived and there was clear evidence (ie. 911 recording) that the victim was chased and gunned down in cold blood and then the police let him go home. If u can provide THAT info, I guarentee the community will be just as outraged. No matter the color of skin!
Angel's picture

Give us just one case of the

Give us just one case of the above mentioned were the murderer was at the scene when police arrived and there was clear evidence (ie. 911 recording) that the victim was chased and gunned down in cold blood and then the police let him go home. If u can provide THAT info, I guarentee the community will be just as outraged. No matter the color of skin!
Angel's picture

Give us just one case of the

Give us just one case of the above mentioned were the murderer was at the scene when police arrived and there was clear evidence (ie. 911 recording) that the victim was chased and gunned down in cold blood and then the police let him go home. If u can provide THAT info, I guarentee the community will be just as outraged. No matter the color of skin!
Angel's picture

Give us just one case of the

Give us just one case of the above mentioned were the murderer was at the scene when police arrived and there was clear evidence (ie. 911 recording) that the victim was chased and gunned down in cold blood and then the police let him go home. If u can provide THAT info, I guarentee the community will be just as outraged. No matter the color of skin!
Angel's picture

an incident simular to this

an incident simular to this one occured in Cleveland OH on March 10th. A young man was shot and killed by an off duty police officer who just so happend to be partying at a night club when a fight broke out.Kenny Smith was the victim in this case. Kenny was leaving the night club with two of his peers whne gun shots rang out, the off duty cop noticed the vehicle that Kenny was a passenger in and started to pursue the vehicle. when the off duty cop got to the car he instantly kicked out the passeger window and shot Kenny in head. Kenny was rused to a near by hospital where later he was pronouced dead. this off duty cop may very likley get away with this senceless murder due to the fact that his a police officer... and we here in cleveland want justice. his mother wants justice and we wont stop untill we get it
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she was so late, even bossip

she was so late, even bossip got the story like two weeks ago. so we only care about what beyonce fingernails are painted on tuesday? natasha you are fowl!!!!
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I'm confused, didn't this

I'm confused, didn't this site do a report on KONY 2012 even though people pretty much jumped on that bandwagon without even knowing the facts of what has been going on in Uganda. And look at all the backlash that KONY documentary got. But you couldn't do a simple report on an unarmed 17-year-old black boy who was killed by a neighborhood watch person? The facts were out about him being unarmed long time ago...why no simple report? Natasha you're joking right??
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Agreed.

Agreed.
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maggie's picture

This man needs to be locked

This man needs to be locked up. I will say this though "racist" is a term we use to freely. He is a prejudiced man and he prejudged that innocent boy. That we can prove. That he is a racist we can not.
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DC Chica's picture

"We have purposely not

"We have purposely not speculated on the situation as there are very few facts, but plenty of unproven accusations." No one asked you to speculate on the situation. Just like you can report Beyonce walked down the street with her baby, you can report a 17 year-old boy was killed by a man claiming self-defense. The facts that you then proceed to list are things that have been around for a while now and completely neutral. You could have simply posted what happened without any mention of the "unproven accusations." I guess you felt it necessary to respond to all the comments that you hadn't reported it but maybe you should have just posted the story without this self serving disclaimer.
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I totally agree with you.

I totally agree with you. That is why I never frequent this site I rather give my support to TMZ instead of YBF who does nothing to give back to the black community! Black people boycott this rubbish site.
Nisa's picture

America is so damn racist ,

America is so damn racist , but does not want to admit it! Mr. Zimmerman should be in jail for killing this young man that did nothing wrong to anyone! Fake azz people/celebrities should be marching for justice for poor Treyvon and his family instead of worrying about fancy designer labels and bullsh*t!
Anonymous's picture

No need for further

No need for further investigation, Zimmerman is guilty. He was out to target this innocent child. He's a racist who played on his sick stereotype of black men always up to no good. Throw this murderer in prison, let's call it a day. I'm tired of hearing this nonsense.
nonsense's picture

@ NONSENSE People like you

@ NONSENSE People like you are dangerous. I agree that Zimmerman is 100% WRONG and MURDERED this boy but we live in a Society of LAW. And the LAW in Florida allows people to kill if they sense a threat to their person. People like you need to be awake ALL the time not just part of the time. These laws have been creeping up all over the south and they have a purpose. Not to mention that Trayvon is not the FIRST person murdered in his fashion. Where was your outrage then when Sean Bell was murdered in his eve of his wedding or when College Student Danroy Henry was murdered in his CAR? People have to be aware and be politically active. People always preach that it does not matter if you can VOTE but it 100% does matter. This election is a perfect example. The same people who support the TEA PARTY support law like Stand Your Own Ground. And this LAW is one of the main reasons why Zimmerman is not in jail and why he MAY get off Scott free. This is going to be a long process to Justice I just pray it comes because it never came in any of the other shooting I mentioned that FYI were done by the POLICE. The same type of Police that treated Trayvon like a suspect not a VICTIM. Stop sleeping and take action.
FuriouS StyleS™®'s picture

Its sickening because I know

Its sickening because I know people in Florida who went to prison for much less than murder and are serving a several yr term for much less! Its sad when a man gets away with killing a child who is unarmed or even armed for that matter! This man was a racist thung for having issues with "Black People!" Then everyone would be killing anyone suspicious looking in a hoodie sweatshirt! NOw they are gonna blame a person who designed the hoodies to say that its not appropriate attire! This guy was racial profiling & should never have been on crime watch with all of the 911 calls hes had made its creditability!!!!
AuroraTheGoddess's picture

The Stand your ground only

The Stand your ground only apply to your own property. No one owns the sidewalk or the street. That was pure racist. Zimmerman had no right what so ever the seize Martin.
Anonymous's picture

The Stand your ground only

The Stand your ground only apply to your own property. No one owns the sidewalk or the street. That was pure racist. Zimmerman had no right what so ever the seize Martin.
Anonymous's picture

The Stand your ground only

The Stand your ground only apply to your own property. No one owns the sidewalk or the street. That was pure racist. Zimmerman had no right what so ever the seize Martin.
Anonymous's picture

The Stand your ground only

The Stand your ground only apply to your own property. No one owns the sidewalk or the street. That was pure racist. Zimmerman had no right what so ever the seize Martin.
Anonymous's picture

You have no idea what u are

You have no idea what u are talking about. Please hush and have several seats.
Attorney Chick's picture

Florida has always come off

Florida has always come off as a racist confederarte state IMO!! Yeah I said it! Zimmerman's statment about the assholes that always get away speaks to premeditation on his part. Zimmerman made sure Trayvon did not get away as in his mind a black man in a hoodie HAS to be up to no good. Even former State Senator Durrell Peaden of Crestview who wrote the Stand your ground law says it was never intended to apply in a case like Trayvon Martin's. Yet its business as usual in Sanford with Zimmerman still a free man. The Seminole County legal system deserves full blame for mishandling this case, and everyone directly involved deserves to be fired.
Realist's picture

When it comes down to it, it

When it comes down to it, it doesn't matter whether Zimmerman is white, hispanic, or both; because either way he is still capable of being racist. Which he appears to be. We all know the "self-defense" argument is bullsh*t because he had like 140 lbs on Trayvon, for one thing, & then Trayvon had no weapon. Idk what the laws are in FL, but as far as I knew, you couldn't use more force than the other person & claim that legitimately. How could this poor child appear threatening with an iced tea & Skittles!? There was absolutely no reason he deserved to be shot & killed. There is no argument to justify it. The only thing that was wrong in Zimmerman's eyes, imo, was that Trayvon was black. I hope that there is so much outrage nationwide and/or beyond, that they will be forced to find this monster & lock his sorry-excuse-for-a-human-being, loser ass up for the rest of his life. Death is too easy for him. He should be made to rot in prison forever.
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@ R KELLY.....Sorry to tell

@ R KELLY.....Sorry to tell you this but in the eyes of the LAW the Stand Your Own Ground law (which was just put on the books in 2005) is the main reason why Zimmerman is not in jail. You can prove Zimmerman is racist (even if we all suspect that he is). You need more evidence than that. And according to the LAW if Zimmerman perceived Trayvon as a threat he can use deadly force. This is the entire point of the LAW. And it does not matter if Trayvon is smaller. It was dark and he had on a HOOD and according to Zimmerman he was acting strangely. Zimmerman has a history of calling the police on similar matters but he never used a Gun before. That is going to help him if this goes to court. I agree with you there is no reason to do what he did but in the eyes of the LAW there is a reason. The LAW has to be changed. The Police will suffer the most because they did not even investigate this matter or do any checking on Zimmerman because of this law and of course racism. People should be outraged but this is not the first or the last young black male who will be killed like this. The POLCE do this all the time. And they ALWAYS get away with it. People should be more than outraged and do all they can so that this does not happen again but I have the feeling it will and they will get away with this again.
FuriouS StyleS™®'s picture

Actually, Zimmerman does not

Actually, Zimmerman does not have the protection of the law because the 911 operator instructed him to not follow Trayvon. The "Stand Your Own Ground Law" protects people who are confronted by persons looking to do harm to them. It does not protect people who chase down kids in an effort to look like a bad ass. Even the Republican Congressman who sponsored the law said it would not protect Zimmerman simply because he failed to follow the instructions of the 911 operator. But you are correct that the law needs to be changed period but I doubt it will apply in this case.
Attorney Chick's picture

@Attorney Chick 4:18 pm So

@Attorney Chick 4:18 pm So you're saying that it is 100% established that Zimmerman "chased" down Trayvon? Because that was not my impression of that call. Yes, the dispatcher did instruct him not to follow the young man but I was not aware that that 100% made the Stand Your Own Ground law in-valid in this instance. Because if that is 100% the case why then is he still walking FREE. And as a lawyer you should know that if that is the case this is something that has to be argued in the court of law. And it would have to be proven 100% that he chased down this young man. But since he was watching over his community and since he called the police and since we don't know what happened during the actual confrontation it's not a FACT that the Stand Your Own Ground defense is invalid. He can still argue this as his defense. And I would not be running around quoting some Rep who put a stupid law like Stand Your Ground into LAW. These political people are only saying this because it is PC to say it. The fact of the matter this should not even be a LAW. This law is found mostly in the South....people who don't want Obama as President or people like Trayvon in their communities. It's the LAW that we should also be fighting as well as the Police who did treated Trayvon as a suspect not a VICTIM.
FuriouS StyleS™®'s picture

“Stand your ground” governs

“Stand your ground” governs U.S. federal case law in which self-defense is asserted against a charge of criminal homicide. The Supreme Court ruled in Beard v. U.S. (1895) that a man who was “on his premises” when he came under attack and “…did not provoke the assault, and had at the time reasonable grounds to believe, and in good faith believed, that the deceased intended to take his life, or do him great bodily harm…was not obliged to retreat, nor to consider whether he could safely retreat, but was entitled to stand his ground.”[2][3]<----- Zimmerman claimed self defense using this doctrine. However Zimmerman followed Treyvon and they were not on his property.
QueenSafira's picture

Clearly the 911 dispatcher

Clearly the 911 dispatcher asked "are you following him," Zimmeran replied "YES!" The dispatcher said, nd I quote "ok...we don't need you doing that!!!" So, he was following him. He said, these assholes al"ways get away..." He was hunting for a nigger that night. Clearly! Instead, encounter an innocent high school boy, that was minding his own business. I urge all black men to discard any hoodies you own. Clearly, you're considered a danger just by wearing them nd could possibly be shot dead with no repercussions. This is beyond sad!
peachie's picture

This CASE will find its

This CASE will find its JUSTICE..I assure u that and for all the insensitive Becky's And JOHN DOE'S who say this was not a race motivated crime....SIMPLY NOT TRUE this INDEED was A vicious HATE CRIME...Unfortunately the PUBLIC has only been shown what they deem fit until this TRIAL takes place..but first they must clean up and out that hideous POLICE DEPT..NOW as I was saying in due TIME the DISTRICT ATTORNEY will release the REAL tape of them all..THE PART where he is HEARD during the incident yelling YOU COON over and over again!!!...SO please don't be fooled..The TRUTH hurts so *folks rather depict this as just about right and wrong instead of having to acknowledge that this man indeed showed a pure demonstration of what a coldblooded KKK Murderer would do!
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I live in the same area that

I live in the same area that the victim is from ( North Miami Beach). He went to the same H.S. as my niece. This incident happened about 3 hrs north in Orlando. I can tell you one thing, white, black, hispanic, WE ARE ALL PISSED that the shooter was not arrested. This is not a race issue. The community is not divided. Clearly EVERYONE feels horrible for the family of this victim. He was a good kid.
white chocolate's picture

I wish this site would have

I wish this site would have posted this when it 1st happened. I am a faithful reader of this blog and it was truly dishearting for Trayvon to not have been important enough to gain recognition on here. RIP Treyvon (smh) ashamed & disgusted that it took this long. Kim K & other NON YBF's get more attention
CorpDiva's picture

I am sick of these people who

I am sick of these people who claim they saw what happened and are now coming up to say they saw something, whiles they did nothing to help the situation.
Anonymous's picture

Several witnesses were

Several witnesses were ignored or paid little attention to during the investigation. Other witnesses have claimed that police tried to ge them to change their stories in favor of Zimmerman's. Its quite possible that witnesses now have theopportunity to share what they truly saw and heard. I don't think its wise for them to be speaking publicly though, they may be discredited for the case. So all witnesses should sit tight and tell their story in court, not TV.
DC Chica's picture

If anything, the victim was

If anything, the victim was acting in self defense. He was being followed/stalked by a stranger, and had no idea as to why or what this man was going to do to him. If he attacked this Zimmerman guy, he had EVERY right to do so.
Anonymous's picture

I can't believe this is

I can't believe this is reality. This is something that would take place in a 50's movie. It's very sad....and shame on you Natasha for not reporting on this sooner.
Anonymous's picture

What the hell?? "Stand Your

What the hell?? "Stand Your Own Ground Law" REALLY??!! Only in the south can some bs like that exist and I bet that law was put in place for situations just like this "to keep the niggas under control" SMH!! I hope they arrest this man so this family can move on with their lives and properly grieve their son it is so disheartening that this is STILL happening today but unfortunately I'm not surprised in the least. Slavery was 400+ years it'll take about that much time and more to fix the damage but only of we black people stand up and fight they are not going to do it for us. KEEP THIS STORY ALIVE UNTIL JUSTICE IS SERVED!!
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I commend you on your policy

I commend you on your policy of not gossiping about non-hollywood matters. Good deal!
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