Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin's mother speaks in Muskegon
Muskegon, Mich. (WZZM) The mother of Trayvon Martin spoke in Muskegon Thursday night about her son's death and what she hopes we all can learn from it.
Trayvon Martin was 17 years old when he was shot and killed by George Zimmerman two years ago during a confrontation in Florida. Zimmerman claimed self defense and was found not guilty.
Since then his mother, Sybrina Fulton, has traveled the country, leading conversations about race and gender profiling, self defense and stand your ground laws.
Fulton spoke at the Frauenthal Theater in Muskegon Thursday night. "A lot of people ask me about my journey. They ask me what I've been through, and I'm here to tell you I don't look like what I've been through. God has lifted me up."
Fulton emphasized what happened to her son and her family could happen to anyone "I went to work everyday Monday through Friday just like any body else," Fulton said. "I had two kids. I came home to fuss at them to do their homework."
In a flash, she says it all changed when Trayvon was shot and killed by George Zimmerman. However, her message to the audience went beyond her own personal experience. She addressed gun violence in communities across America. "Something has to be done. We can't afford to keep losing our kids we cant afford to keep burying our kids and say well maybe the next time I will do something.
The time is now she said. "They may be dead and gone. but you still love them. You still have to do things for them. That's why I say all the time I have two children one in heaven and one on earth. I still have two children"
Ultimately Fulton hopes by traveling the country, she can help end the violence.