A year after killing, Trayvon Martin's father says parents will 'never move on'
MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts talks to Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, parents of Trayvon Martin, and their attorneys Benjamin Crump and Darryl Parks.
Trayvon Martin in an undated handout photo released by the Martin family.
“Why would you need a semiautomatic weapon to be hunting? That’s senseless,” Tracy Martin said on MSNBC.
George Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch volunteer, is charged with second-degree murder in Martin’s death. Zimmerman, who is of white and Hispanic descent, has pleaded not guilty and says he shot Martin in self-defense after Martin attacked him.
The case ignited a debate over race and gun rights in the weeks after the shooting. It became a rallying point for activists protesting what they said was the targeting of an unarmed black youth because of his race.
Zimmerman’s trial is scheduled to begin June 10.
Martin’s parents will hold a candlelight vigil in New York on Tuesday to mark the anniversary of his death as part of what they call a “Million Hoodie March.” Martin was wearing a hoodie the night he was killed.
The vigil will be at 6 p.m. in Union Square in Manhattan. An online flier for the event organized by the Trayvon Martin Foundation says there will be a moment of silence for Martin and “and all victims of senseless gun violence.” Other remembrances are planned across the country.
Tracy Martin said on MSNBC that “as parents of a slain child, we never move on. And we’ll do our best to keep it in the media and to keep people’s attention.”
He added: “We don’t expect Trayvon to be the top story every day. He’s definitely the top story in our life. We took a vow to make sure that his honor and his legacy won’t be tainted by this whole situation.”
Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, said that the family is holding up “fairly well” and relying on one another.
Editor's note: George Zimmerman has sued NBCUniversal for defamation, and the company has strongly denied his allegations.