Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, sent a message to the family of Alton Sterling Wednesday night that they should be prepared for any possible outcome in the Attorney General's investigation into Sterling's death.

Sterling was fatally shot by a Baton Rouge police officer in July of 2016. Attorney General Jeff Landry has taken over the investigation into whether or not the two officers involved in the incident should face charges.


Speaking at an event at Southern University to cap off Black History Month, Fulton shared her experiences just two days past the sixth anniversary of her 17-year-old son's killing. George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer who claimed self defense in the shooting, was found not guilty of second-degree murder in 2013.

During the trial, prosecutors unsuccessfully contended that Zimmerman approached the unarmed Martin because he "profiled" the black teenager in a hoodie and instigated the fight that led to the shooting. 

"Sometimes the justice system is not fair," Fulton said when asked about her message to the Sterling family. "Just be prepared for whatever the turnout is. I mean, we did not get justice for Trayvon Martin."

Sterling was shot outside of the Triple S Food Mart on North Foster Drive during a scuffle with two officers, Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II. The U.S. Department of Justice took on the investigation, but declined to file criminal civil rights charges after 10 months. Landry took over the case after that.


During her presentation Wednesday, Fulton told her side of the story and advised the students in the audience to respond to calls for jury duty, vote and get involved in local nonprofits. She also told students sternly that when they're pulled over by police, they should focus on getting home safe, not exercising their rights.

Fulton said she relives her son's death every time there's a shooting, especially the recent school shooting that claimed the lives of 17 people in Parkland, Florida, which is not far from her home.

During her presentation, local mothers who have lost their sons sat discretely on the side of the stage. This included the mother of Calvin Toney, who was fatally shot by a Baton Rouge police officer who was escorting a DCFS worker on a child abuse investigation this past fall. The investigation into that incident is still ongoing.

Local activist Arthur "Silky Slim" Reed, who works with the Trayvon Martin Foundation, said he brought the mothers there at the request of Fulton. Fulton previously met Baton Rouge women who lost sons to gun violence at another event two years ago.

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