Trayvon Martin’s Mom Says She Has Endless Tears & Unbearable Pain As She Celebrates His 25th Birthday
Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, is posting a social media message in honor of what would have been her son’s 25th birthday. Posting a photo of him she writes:
Happy 25th Birthday to my Sun/Sonshine, plz know that not even your death has separated the love I have for you!! ?????
Trayvon Martin was a 17-year-old African-American teenager from Miami Gardens, Florida, who was fatally shot in Sanford, Florida by George Zimmerman.
Martin had gone with his father on a visit to his father’s fiancée at her townhouse at The Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford. On the evening of February 26, Martin was walking back alone to the fiancée’s house from a nearby convenience store. Zimmerman, a member of the community watch, saw Martin and reported him to the Sanford Police as suspicious. Several minutes later, there was an altercation and Zimmerman fatally shot Martin in the chest.
Zimmerman was injured during the encounter and claimed he had been defending himself; he was not charged at the time. The police said there was no evidence to refute his claim of self-defense, and that Florida’s stand your ground law prohibited them from arresting or charging him. After national media focused on the incident, Zimmerman was eventually charged and tried, but the jury acquitted him of second-degree murder and manslaughter in July 2013.
Our thoughts are with Trayvon Martin’s family on this special day.