Tuesday, April 17, 2012

(Updated) "'Anderson' Daytime Exclusive: Trayvon Martin's Parents Give Update" (with video)

Anderson Cooper, with videos:
Today, in a daytime exclusive, Trayvon Martin's parents and brother give an update on how their family has been coping, two months after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was fatally shot by George Zimmerman. Martin's older brother Jahvaris, and parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, address how they’ve felt since Zimmerman’s arrest last week.

Sybrina tells Anderson that she wants Zimmerman, 28, "to be accountable for what he did to Trayvon and our family." She adds that although she dislikes Zimmerman for what he did, she doesn't hate him. "I don't hate anyone. I'm God-fearing. To hate someone would block my blessing."

Sybrina and Tracy reveal they went to the location of the shooting, and Tracy explains, "We wanted to make sense of the incident and retrace his last steps. We never got a walk-though from the police. The details were sketchy, and I couldn't figure it out. I still don't have a clear understanding of what happened."

Jahvaris, 21, describes his brother in the present tense. He tells Anderson he can't believe Trayvon is gone. "I think of him as being away."

The family also talks about growing up in Miami, with Sybrina pointing out, "Miami has all nationalities. It concerns us that someone would see him and have problems with him walking down a common area. It's so confusing to us."

When asked what can be done to prevent something like this from happening again, Jahvaris says, "I would just hope that we could change some laws and bring more awareness."

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