When Trayvon Martin's mother and brother took the stand in the George Zimmerman trial Friday, courtroom spectators were prepared to witness a rush of emotion.
But Sybrina Fulton, Martin's mother, remained resolute on the stand. She said during her testimony that she had no doubt whatsoever that the voice screaming on a 911 recording made the night Martin was killed was his. Jahvaris Fulton, Martin's older brother, said he thought it was Martin's voice on the call as well, even though in a 2012 interview, he'd said he wasn't completely sure about whose voice it was.
Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch captain, is charged with second-degree murder for shooting Martin on Feb. 26, 2012.
While Martin's family kept their cool throughout difficult testimony, social media users reacted emotionally to seeing them talk about Trayvon Martin and the 911 tapes.
Dawn Neufeld, actress and host, considered Sybrina Fulton's testimony from a mom's perspective.
— Dawn Neufeld (@DawnNeufeld) July 5, 2013
Faith Jenkins, an attorney and former criminal prosecutor, commented on how Martin's family was handling the testimony.
TM's family college educated and present themselves well. Completely contradicts narrative TM some violent street thug. #Zimmermantrial
— Faith Jenkins Esq. (@faithjenkins1) July 5, 2013
Professor and political scientist Dr. Brown-Dean said that she believed the testimony made a statement about the value of race.
Watching this testimony makes it clear that certain lives are systematically devalued in this society #zimmermantrial
— DR.BROWN-DEAN (@KBDPHD) July 5, 2013
Sybrina Fulton had a few thoughts to share on Twitter herself before she took the stand.
Day 19 - I pray that God gives me strength to properly represent my Angel Trayvon. He may not be perfect but he's mine. I plead the blood of Jesus for healing.
— Sybrina Fulton (@SybrinaFulton) July 5, 2013