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Trayvon Martin parents 'disgusted' by verdict

GRIEVING: Trayvon Martin's parents Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton in court (PA)

THE PARENTS of Trayvon Martin have spoken out for the first time since the verdict in a series of interviews in America.

In a series of interviews, the parents said they were “shocked and disgusted” by the acquittal of 29-year-old George Zimmerman, who shot the 17-year-old in Florida in February 26, 2012.

Father Tracy Martin told Good Morning America that he felt the ruling was "unfair and devastating".

Last night in an exclusive interview with CNN, he spoke of the difficulties of hearing the negative comments about his son during George Zimmerman’s testimony.

He said: “That wasn't the Trayvon that we raised. That wasn't the Trayvon that we knew, and that we love.”

Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, explained why she sat through the trial everyday because her son was "not here to say anything for himself’, and that she wanted to "show a face" for him.

The six-woman jury accepted that Mr Zimmerman, 29, was acting in self-defence when he shot the teenager inside the Retreat at the Twin Lakes gated community in Sanford, Florida.

Fulton said that the verdict had come as a “complete shock” for her.

She added: "And the reason I say that is because I just look at people as people, and I thought for sure that the jury looked at Trayvon as an average teenager that was minding his own business, that wasn't committing any crime."

Martin's parents chose not to be in the courtroom during the verdict because they thought they would not be able to control their emotions.

Fulton said: "When I heard the verdict, I kind of understand the disconnect. Maybe they (jurors) didn't see Trayvon as their son.

"They didn't see Trayvon as a teenager. They didn't see Trayvon as just a human being that was minding his own business."

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