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February 26th, 2013
10:43 AM ET

Trayvon Martin's father: 'We feel we have to become spokespersons against senseless violence'

One year ago today, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot to death by George Zimmerman, who claims he was attacked and shot Martin in self defense. Martin's family, however, claims that the unarmed teen was racially profiled.

Since their son's death, Martin's parents Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton have been advocating against gun violence and they sit down with Soledad on Starting Point this morning to discuss their efforts.

"We're doing this for Trayvon," Fulton explains. "We're doing this so we can help other kids, the other teenagers who have been shot and killed through senseless gun violence. We feel like we need to do something about it as parents. I have a son on earth and a son in heaven, and I'm going to do my best as a parent to work on both."

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  1. Johnny Chimpo

    Do you feel you have become a spokesmodel for bad parenting? Your kid was a banger and got himself shot. It sucks and I feel sorry for you, but it's time to stop making black people be victims.

    February 26, 2013 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Terry

    I find it unfortunate that you have to bring this anniversary, up! The Martin family and the lawyer for them seem to think that there should be a trial. What are they going to do if there isn't one? What are they going to do if there is one and he is found innocent? I suppose they will resort to encouraging all the groups that were protesting when this first happened to rise up and turn Florida into one huge riot! Trying to force your view or your opinion on the justice system is not the way it is supposed to work. All the Martin family has done especially their lawyer is at unneeded duress upon the legal system! Putting them back on television only encourages the radicals and serves no type of justice for anyone! All Soledad continues to do is push her racial divisiveness upon the masses! Hopefully she is gone for good this time around.

    February 26, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Einstein Pacifist

    It is another story about a "bad guy with a gun" who just thought he was a "good guy with a gun."

    How many more children must die before Americans realize that the hate-filled gun nuts are a bunch of "guys gone mad with guns."

    February 26, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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