After a three week trial George Zimmerman, the 29-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer who shot Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old black teenager in February 2012, was found not guilty. Zimmerman, who is a Sanford, Florida resident, was acquitted of murder and manslaughter charges by a jury of six women.
Martin's father, Tracy Martin, reacted to the news via Twitter. Distraught, but hopeful, he wrote:
God blessed Me & Sybrina with Tray and even in his death I know my baby proud of the FIGHT we along with all of you put up for him GOD BLESS— Tracy Martin (@BTraymartin9) July 14, 2013
Thanks to everyone who are with us and who will be with us si we together can make sure that this doesn't happen again— Tracy Martin (@BTraymartin9) July 14, 2013
Even though I am broken hearted my faith is unshattered I WILL ALWAYS LOVE MY BABY TRAY— Tracy Martin (@BTraymartin9) July 14, 2013
Martin was unarmed at the time of death.