First Lady Michelle Obama called Trayvon Martin’s death a ‘tragedy’ and said Americans should rally around the teen’s parents as they mourn.
In an interview with National
In her comments, she did not mention George Zimmerman, the 28-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer who is charged with murdering the unarmed 17-year-old.
‘All I can say is that my heart goes out to the parents, because we all as parents understand the tragedy of that kind of loss, and I think that’s really the thing that most people connect to,’ she said.
And it’s important for us not to lose sight of the fact that this is a family that’s grieving and there’s been a tremendous loss. And we all have to rally around that piece of it.’
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Mrs Obama’s sympathetic words for Trayvon’s parents echo her husband’s remarks about the shooting last month.
‘My main message is to the parents of Trayvon Martin. You know, if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,’ President Barack Obama said.
His message, in which he also called the shooting a ‘tragedy,’ sparked controversy, with Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich calling it ‘disgraceful race-baiting.’
The shooting at a gated community, while Trayvon was returning to his father’s girlfriend’s home with Skittles and iced tea, has sparked protests across the country.
Many see the case as a racial issue. Trayvon was black and Zimmerman, who claimed self-defense and was not arrested until a special prosecutor investigated the case, is half-Hispanic and half-white.
Mrs Obama said she believes the country can learn from the shooting and should
‘It’s all about, you know, continuing to get to know ourselves in a very diverse and complicated country that is America,’ she told NPR.
‘But because it is so diverse, our challenges are complex. So there isn’t, you know, a one-shot solution to this.’