Trayvon Martin's Parents Break Their Silence
Trayvon Martin's mother and father are speaking out for the first time about the George Zimmerman verdict that is dividing America.
Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton appeared on three network morning shows and spoke out to the jury.
"How can you let the killer of an unarmed child go free?" Martin said on the Today show.
On The View, Trayvon's mom explained why they did not attend Saturday night's verdict after sitting through every day of the trial.
"We didn't want to be there because we didn't feel like we could remain quiet in either case. So, we made the decision that we would not be there," Fulton said.
They have harsh words for juror B37, the juror who told Anderson Cooper that she believed Trayvon was partly to blame for his death.
"Instead of placing the blame on the teenager, we need to place the blame on the responsible adult," Fulton stated.
There were more protests around the nation last night. Seventeen people were arrested in Victorville, California, east of Los Angeles, when one protest turned violent.
Trayvon's mom and dad are calling for calm.
"We're not saying for them not to protest, because they have a right to protest. They have a right to be heard, but we just want to make sure that it is peaceful," Martin said on the Today show.
And one of the alternate jurors, the only man on the panel, is also speaking out for the first time. Juror E54 talked with WOFL-TV in Orlando, but is keeping his identity secret. He said Zimmerman's injuries and his call to police made it a clear-cut case of self-defense.
"I support the verdict. I agree with it," he said. "I think that was key to his mentality at the time. There was a lot of emphasis on whether he was showing ill-will, spite, or hatred and I didn't see that. There was no evidence to support that."
We're also learning more about how the jurors spent their time while they were sequestered for 22 days. They lived in a Marriott hotel near Orlando. After court they were taken on outings to Ripley's Believe-It-Or-Not, an Outback Steakhouse and the movies World War Z and The Lone Ranger. They were also escorted on shopping trips to a mall and had manicures and pedicures.