Trayvon Martin's mother implores: 'Use my broken heart' to stop more killings of youth

  • Article by: KEITH COLLINS , The Associated Press
  • Updated: July 26, 2013 - 5:38 PM

PHILADELPHIA — The mother of slain teenager Trayvon Martin told a National Urban League gathering in Philadelphia on Friday to use her tragedy to stop the same thing from happening to another child and she blamed Florida's "stand your ground" law for allowing her son's killer to go free.

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jimjimjimjimJul. 26, 13 5:41 PM

"she blamed Florida's "stand your ground" law for allowing her son's killer to go free." - That law had nothing to do with it and she knows it. That Florida law, if invoked and accepted by a judge would have given Zimmerman immunity from criminal and civil prosecution. Zimmerman was prosecuted! What part of that don't these people get? Her time would be better spent advocating parents act like parents to their children and teach them morals.

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zzzzzxJul. 26, 13 5:42 PM

Trayvon Martin was no angel. All you ever see is a picture of him when he was much younger. Google real Trayvon Martin pictures and you'll see what he was really like.

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MagicJul. 26, 13 5:45 PM

I highly recommend everyone watch Bill O'Reilly on Youtube "Race in America" Right on the money

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pitythefoolsJul. 26, 13 5:49 PM

Put up a web site to fund a civil lawsuit against Zimmerman and you'll have all the money you need for legal fees. I'd donate right now. As Juror B-29 said, Zimmerman got away with murder. We can't let that go on.

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petepelosiJul. 26, 13 5:51 PM

How about using your broken heart to focus on better parenting?

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theluckydogJul. 26, 13 5:52 PM

Trevon was a kid who was already of the path to destruction. He was on drugs, and suspended from school multiple times. There was also stolen property in his school locker when they searched it after he was killed (not murdered). He was far from innocent. If I was Zimmerman I would have resorted to the same thing, as opposed to waiting until I was beaten so badly that I was the one that was going to die. Another reason why law abiding citizens should be allowed to bear arms.

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conniemercerJul. 26, 13 5:53 PM

Stand Your Ground was not a part of this case and had nothing to do with the killing of Trayvon. Why is she making that claim? Everyone knows that Stand Your Ground is used to avoid being charged and it was never asked for by Zimmerman or his legal team. What is her point?

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benturnerJul. 26, 13 5:55 PM

My heart goes out to Trayvon's family. It's a crime that an innocent kid is murdered and the murderer goes free. Shame on you Florida

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basia2186Jul. 26, 13 6:02 PM

The law is the law. If more parents taught their children to respect the law and each other, we would workall be better off. The law didn't know who Trayvon was for 2 days after his death because his dad and his girlfriend weren't home and didn't report him missing. My kid is 25 and lives 200 miles away. I always know where he is via phone or text.

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wdntyouknwJul. 26, 13 6:07 PM

I don't think it's "stand your ground" laws in question here. It's "chase someone down, initiate an altercation and then when you scared kill the person" being legal that's the issue.

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