The parents of Trayvon Martin on Friday lauded President Obama for his remarks about how history plays into perceptions of what happened the night their son was killed, calling it a "beautiful tribute."

"We are deeply honored and moved that President Obama took the time to speak publicly and at length about our son, Trayvon," Martin's parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, said in a statement. "The president’s comments give us great strength at this time. We are thankful for President Obama’s and Michelle’s prayers, and we ask for your prayers as well as we continue to move forward."