After 44 days of marches, protest and acrimony on the air waves, the parents of Trayvon Martin talked about their faith and people of all races coming together now that the man who fatally shot their son is behind bars.
“We simply wanted an arrest,” Sybrina Fulton said. “We wanted nothing more, nothing less, we just wanted an arrest, and we got it and I say thank you, thank you, God, thank you, Jesus.”
Fulton, during a Washington press conference, also said, “I want to speak from my heart to your heart. Because a heart has no color, it is not black, it is not white, it is red and I wanted to say thank you from my heart to your heart.”
The family spoke during the annual meeting of Al Sharpton’s National Action Network. When the family initially spoke to the media, they had no idea that down in Florida, Special Prosecutor Angela Corey would arrest George Zimmerman the same day.
“The first time we marched, I looked to the sky and said, ‘I will walk by faith,’ ” Tracy Martin said in response to the arrest. “We will continue to walk by faith. We will continue to hold hands on this journey, white, black, Hispanic, Latino, we will march and march until the right thing is done.”
Benjamin Crump, the attorney for Martin’s parents, thanked Florida Gov. Rick Scott for appointing Corey and noted that she “prayed with the family,” and on “Good Morning America” Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara appealed for calm and offered condolences to the teenager’s parents.
Although Sharpton said he initially “did not trust” Florida Gov. Rick Scott to do the right thing, he praised him Wednesday. “Despite the fact that we are in different political parties and different political persuasions, tonight America can come together and say that only the facts should matter.”
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