SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — The families of George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin are reacting on Twitter after the former neighborhood watch volunteer was cleared of all charges in the fatal shooting of the unarmed black teen.
Zimmerman’s brother, Robert Zimmerman Jr., says his family is relieved that the jury found George Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter. He tweeted: “Today ... I’m proud to be an American.”
Martin’s parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, were reserved but expressed their disappointment. Fulton expressed her faith in God, saying “Lord during my darkest hour I lean on you.” Tracy Martin tweeted that he was broken-hearted, but that his faith is “unshattered.”
The teen’s brother, Jahvaris Fulton, said simply: “Et tu America?” — a reference to the Latin phrase “Et tu, Brute?” known as an expression of betrayal.
“We’re ecstatic with the results. George Zimmerman was never guilty of anything except protecting himself in self-defense.”
— Mark O’Mara, one of George Zimmerman’s attorneys, said at a news conference after the verdict.
“Even though I am broken hearted my faith is unshattered. I WILL ALWAYS LOVE MY BABY TRAY”
— Trayvon Martin’s father, Tracy Martin, via Twitter
“The acquittal of George Zimmerman is a slap in the face to the American people but it is only the first round in the pursuit of justice. We intend to ask the Department of Justice to move forward as they did in the Rodney King case and we will closely monitor the civil case against Mr. Zimmerman. I will convene an emergency call with preachers tonight to discuss next steps and I intend to head to Florida in the next few days.”
— the Rev. Al Sharpton
“Message from Dad: “Our whole family is relieved”. Today... I’m proud to be an American. God Bless America! Thank you for your prayers!
— George Zimmerman’s brother, Robert, said in Twitter