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Parents of Trayvon Martin ask for peace

GUNNED DOWN: Trayvon Martin was killed in February 2012

TRAYVON MARTIN’S parents have called for peace and prayer just a week before George Zimmerman is due to go on trial for the murder of their son.

Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin sent their message of reconciliation in an address to 700 people at the Community Program of Peace, Justice and Prayer rally in Miami, Florida.

Fulton could barely hold back her emotion, as she thanked the crowd for their support since her son died.

“You don’t understand how this will help us to go on. You don’t realise that your being here has blessed us so,” the mother said.

“I stand here as a mother. My heart is hurting, but I know that…God will work this out. I know that Trayvon is looking down on us and he’s smiling.”

ACCUSED: George Zimmerman, defendant in the killing of Trayvon Martin, is seen in Seminole circuit court, in Sanford, Florida (PA)

The Miami Gardens teenager was shot and killed by Zimmerman in February 2012 - the shooter said that he had shot the 17-year-old in self-defence.

Tracy Martin revealed how he is struggling to deal with Trayvon’s death.

“It’s supposed to get easier, the more you do this. The more I do it, the harder it gets,” said Martin as he fought back tears.

“God gives the tough battles to the toughest soldiers. I’ve been through tough battles, and this is one of the toughest, the toughest.”

Zimmerman is pleading not guilty to a second-degree murder charge.

Jury selection is expected to begin on June 10.

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