George Zimmerman has been charged with second degree murder for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin and after weeks of protesting, Martin’s parents are relieved that he has finally been arrested. The 28-year-old Florida man turned himself in to custody on Wednesday and shortly afterwards his murder charge was announced at a press conference. Nas, 50 Cent, Young Jeezy And Bun B Address Trayvon Martin Shooting
In an interview with the Associated Press, Sybrina Fulton said that she would gave her son’s killer a chance to apologize. “I would probably give him an opportunity to apologize,” Fulton said. “I would probably ask him if there were another way that he could have settled the confrontation that he had with Trayvon, other than the way it ended, with Trayvon being shot.”
Martin’s father, Tracy Martin, had even more questions for the neighborhood watchman, telling the Associated Press he wanted to know, “Was it really worth it?”
“The question I would really like to ask him is, if he could look into Trayvon’s eyes and see how innocent he was, would he have then pulled the trigger?” Martin said. “Or would he have just let him go on home?”
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Martin’s February 26 death sent shockwaves through the nation. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman, saw 17-year-old Trayvon walking through his gated community in Sanford, Florida, and immediately grew suspicious of the teen, who was wearing a hooded sweatshirt. When Zimmerman called 911, police dispatchers advised him not to pursue Martin. By the time police arrived on the scene, Martin was shot dead and Zimmerman, who claimed self-defense, was not arrested or charged with a crime. Trayvon didn’t have a weapon.
Since the shooting death, there has been public outrage. Demonstrators took to the streets, and on March 23, President Obama called for an investigation into the incident, saying, “If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon.”
The hip-hop community has been particularly vocal, calling for justice for the teen. ?uestlove, Game, Young Jeezy, Nas, Killer Mike and Prodigy all spoke out in protest, while rappers like Plies and Bad Boy’s Los made songs dedicated to Trayvo