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Trayvon Martin family speaks in Kissimmee

11:56 AM, Aug 2, 2013   |    comments
Trayvon Martin's parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin
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KISSIMMEE, Florida (WKMG) - The family of Trayvon Martin, the teen who was shot and killed by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, spoke in Kissimmee on Friday to a packed house.

Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin spoke at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center to address questions pertaining to the Zimmerman trial and coverage.

Benjamin Crump, the Martin family attorney, said they want to take something painful like Martin's death and make something positive out of it. He said they want to two encourage 26 states to adopt the Trayvon Martin amendment to the "stand your ground" laws.

"We don't want this to happen to your kids," Crump said, encouraging people to talk to legislators and sign petitions.

The amendment would require retreat and that the person wouldn't be able to initiate contact and claim self-defense.

"Our children have the right to walk in peace," said Crump. "They verdict will not define Trayvon Martin."

The family will also be participating in the W.E.B. DuBois Plenary Session at the National Association of Black Journalists Convention at 2 p.m.

Zimmerman was found not guilty last month of second-degree murder in Martin's death, sparking national outcry.

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