By Cynthia Gordy
Minutes after learning that George Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder in the killing of their son, Trayvon Martin, a stoic Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton addressed a crowd on Wednesday at the National Action Network convention in Washington, D.C.
Before the parents took the podium, the Rev. Al Sharpton reflected on all that had transpired to bring them to this point. “Forty-five days ago, Trayvon Martin was murdered. No arrest was made. The chief of police in Sanford announced, after his review of the evidence, there would be no arrest,” he said. “An outcry from all over this country came because his parents refused to leave it there.”
Sharpton also stressed to the crowd, many of whom applauded and rose to their feet when the family and their attorneys walked into the conference room, that the arrest in no way constitutes a victory. “We do not want anyone high-fiving tonight,” he said. “There are no winners here. They’ve lost their son. This is not about gloating; this is about pursuing justice.”
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