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‘If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon’


BARACK OBAMA has called the death of Trayvon Martin and subsequent investigation a “tragedy” in his first public comments since the teen was gunned down on February 26.

The US president said: “I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this.”

He added: “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,”

The 17-year-old was returning to his father's fiancee's house in a gated community in Sanford, Florida, after visiting nearby 7-Eleven store, when he was shot and killed by neighbourhood watchman, George Zimmerman.

KILLED: Trayvon Martin

Zimmerman, a ‘Spanish speaking minority,’ claimed the 17-year-old was acting 'suspicious' and was forced to shoot him in self-defence.

Martin was unarmed at the time of the shooting and was only carrying a bag of Skittles and some iced tea.

“I think all of us have to do some soul searching to figure out how something like this happened,” Obama said, according to

Obama’s comments come one day after the Sanford Police Chief, Bill Lee, announced he was temporarily stepping down while the investigation into Martin’s shooting death continues.
His comments also came just hours after a massive rally was held in Sanford.

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