- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 18, 2013

Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, the parents of slain 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, joined the “Today Show” to share their reaction to George Zimmerman’s acquittal.

Saturday’s verdict sparked nationwide protests by many who claim the teenager was stalked and killed primarily because he was black. His father agrees.

“Obviously, any time you have a person that makes an assumption that a person is up to no good, there’s some type of profiling there,” Martin’s father said. “Was he racially profiled? I think that, if Trayvon had been white, this wouldn’t have never happened so, obviously, race has played some type of role.”

Martin’s parents expressed their shock when they learned of the not guilty verdict.

“We thought that the killer of our unarmed child would be convicted,” Martin said. “I just didn’t understand how can you let the killer of an unarmed child go free? What would your verdict had been if it had been your child?”

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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