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Trayvon’s Mother In Emotional Speech: Zimmerman Should Have Had To ‘Pay For This Awful Crime’

Trayvon Martin‘s mother Sybrina Fulton made an emotional plea to the National Urban League conference in Philadelphia Friday morning, asking those in attendance to “use my tragedy” to declare “we cannot let this happen to anybody else’s child.” She also alluded to Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, which she said, “prevented the person who shot and killed my son to be held accountable and to pay for this awful crime.”

“Wrap your mind around no prom for Trayvon,” Fulton told the crowd. “No high school graduation for Trayvon. No college for Trayvon. No grand kids coming from Trayvon.”

“And all because of a law,” she continued. “A law that has prevented the person who shot and killed my son to be held accountable and to pay for this awful crime.” While Stand Your Ground was not used by George Zimmerman‘s defense in their case, it has been widely reported that the defendant had studied the law specifically before he shot and killed Martin in what a jury decided was self-defense.

She said the “message” she wanted to deliver to the Urban League was use her story to prevent similar shooting from happening again in the future. “Please use my tragedy,” Fulton said. “Please use my broken heart to say to yourself we cannot let this happen to anybody else’s child.”

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