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Trayvon’s mom: It wasn’t an accident

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Clarifying comments she made earlier in the day, Trayvon Martin’s mother told HLN’s Nancy Grace Wednesday that she does not think her son’s death was an accident.

On NBC’s “Today" show Sybrina Fulton had said, “I believe it was an accident. I believe that it just got out of control and he couldn’t turn the clock back.”

Fulton explained to Grace that the “accident” she was referring to was the fact that her son encountered George Zimmerman on the night of February 26. Once Zimmerman saw Trayvon walking through his Sanford, Florida, neighborhood and got out of his car to follow the unarmed teen, Fulton claimed, what happened next was not accidental.

“In no way, shape, form or fashion did I imply that this was an accident, that this shooting was an accident,” she said. “I don’t believe that it was an accident. I believe he got out of his vehicle, he had an intent in his mind, he carried out the intent and that’s why my son is no longer with us.”

Fulton described the 17-year-old as “an average teenager” who “had a lot of goals,” ranging from going to his prom to pursuing a career in aviation. She said he loved visiting New York City but he also enjoyed being involved with activities in his local Miami-area community.

Fulton still has trouble believing that her son is dead and she sometimes wakes up in the morning thinking that she needs to take him to school, but the reality that he is never coming back has started to set in.

“I will miss just having him near me,” she said.

Trayvon’s father, Tracy Martin, expressed similar sentiments.

“The thing I’m going to miss most about him is just his presence. Trayvon was my hero,” he said.

Martin also spoke about the moment police came to tell him that his son was dead. He said that he called to file a missing persons report and he was told officers were being dispatched to his residence. He thought they were just coming to take down information for the report, but “when three cars pulled up, I knew something was wrong.”

Once he was informed that Trayvon had been killed, he had to call Fulton and tell her “the worst news that I ever had to deliver.”

Martin said that the filing of a second-degree murder charge against Zimmerman Wednesday was “just a start” and that “we have to continue to fight and fight and fight” for justice.

Attorneys for Martin’s parents said that they would oppose pre-trial release on bond for Zimmerman, but the decision is ultimately up to the court.

For the full interview with Trayvon Martin’s parents, watch Nancy Grace Thursday at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET only on HLN.

 

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