It's been less than a week since a jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin … and now the Martin family is speaking out.
On Thursday night, Trayvon’s parents Sybrina Fulton, Tracy Martin, along with Trayvon's brother Jahvaris Fulton, discussed life after the case on Dr. Drew On Call.
“It's hard, but we're trying to live a normal life,” Sybrina Fulton said. “What used to be normal for us is much different now that Trayvon is no longer with us. It's taken a while to come to terms with the fact that he's just not around the house. He's not watching TV. He's not gone to school and those types of things.“
Jahvaris Fulton was then asked what he wanted everyone to know about his brother. He responded, “I would just like to tell the world that I don't believe he was responsible for what happened to him that night and he wasn't on trial -- Zimmerman was.”
When asked, “Do you think this verdict would have been different had Trayvon been white?”
Tracy Martin replied, “That's a catchy question. What I do think is, had Trayvon shot George Zimmerman, he would have been convicted.”
Sybrina Fulton added, “I personally don't think Trayvon did anything wrong. I think we need to work on the laws … because if you have a teenager and that teenager is not feeling safe, [they’ll be] afraid to walk out of their house because [they'll think about] what can happen and how people perceive them to be.”
She continued, “As far as [The Trayvon Martin Foundation] goes, we want to help others. We want to continue to be advocates against senseless violence. We want to continue to educate people ... we want to mentor young men and women and we want to make sure that we are the voice for Trayvon. We want to make sure that Trayvon Martin's name somehow will help heal the country instead of harm the country.”
Zimmerman told authorities that he was pursuing Martin because of a rash of crimes in the area. But when a confrontation ensued that fateful night of Feb. 26, 2012, Zimmerman said he was forced to shoot the teen in self-defense. After a month’s worth a testimony, a Florida jury comprised of six women found Zimmerman not guilty.