Trayvon's Parents Speak
POSTED: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 12:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 4:08pm
Tensions continue to run high in Sanford, Florida where one month ago a community watch volunteer shot and killed an unarmed 17-year-old.
Demonstrators are once again descending on the city calling for an arrest in the case.
On Monday a police department source leaked the revelation that Trayvon Martin had been suspended from school after a baggie containing marijuana residue was found in his book bag.
Supporters call it a diversion from the real issue as hundreds gathered at a community forum.
"They killed my son and now they are trying to kill his reputation," said Trayvon's mother, Sybrina Fulton.
Thousands plan to take part in a rally and meeting with city commissioners Monday evening, pushing for justice for Martin.
Meanwhile, friends of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed the teenager, are now pushing back.
"He couldn't stop crying for days after the shooting," said friend Joe Oliver.
Zimmerman has been in hiding since the incident a month ago.
"George Zimmerman is absolutely not a racist, what ever happened that night is self defense," his attorney Craig Sonner said during a Today Show interview.
His attorney says Martin initiated the confrontation, wrestling with Zimmerman, knocking him to the ground, cutting his head and breaking his nose before the fatal shot was fired.
"If George Zimmerman had an injured nose or any other injuries it was because he initiated a confrontation," counters Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump.
"From what I know, the bottom line is, is there was a life and death struggle in that instance and someone was going to die," Oliver maintains.