“We just want to do what’s right,” Tracy Martin told me in April. “We just want to do the right thing.”
For Martin, the “right thing” is sharing a message that Trayvon was a victim, not the aggressor or a thug; that he was good son who was shot and killed by an overzealous self-imposed neighborhood watch leader.
As I spoke with Tracy and Sybrina, I saw parents who are still struggling with the loss of their only child – as any parent would – but I also witnessed the dignity in which they are handling this sad and highly public tragedy.
“Our kids are still defined by the color of their skin,” Sybrina Martin told me.
Tracy and Sybrina Martin will sit in the courtroom every day during the trial trusting that Zimmerman will be convicted and ordered to prison. Zimmerman could face life in prison if convicted on second-degree murder charges.
The Martins are seeking justice for Trayvon – while perhaps praying for closure after mourning the death of their son for the past 18 months.
They deserve a moment of peace.