Parents of Trayvon Martin post open letter to supporters: ‘Thank you for standing with us’ | News

On the heels of George Zimmerman being charged with second degree murder nearly two months after fatally shooting Florida teen Trayvon Martin, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon’s parents, have posted an open letter on the Facebook page of campaign- and petition-organizing website saying that they are “heartened” by Zimmerman’s criminal charge and thanking followers of the case for their support.

We are still devastated by the loss of our son Trayvon Martin, and nothing can bring him back. But today, we are heartened to tell you that justice may finally be served for Trayvon.

“For weeks after Trayvon was killed, authorities refused to arrest Zimmerman. We couldn’t believe that in 2012, public officials would turn a blind eye to our son’s killing. We couldn’t let that happen.

“More than 2 million people joined our call on for Zimmerman’s arrest. We are so much closer to justice with the decision to bring charges against our son’s killer. We feel less alone knowing that so many people stood with our family during this impossible time.

“When Trayvon was just nine, he ran into a burning house to save his father’s life. He may be gone, but he is still our hero. We are so thankful to all of you who fought to honor his memory.

“Thank you for standing with us, and with Trayvon.”

Martin and Fulton’s petition on, titled “Prosecute the killer of our son, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin,” was directed at Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee, Florida’s 4th District State Attorney Angela Corey and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. As of press time, it had garnered 2,261,161 signatures out of a possible 2.5 million.

Zimmerman is currently in police custody somewhere in the state of Florida. His newly-appointed attorney Mark O’Mara says he hopes his client will be freed on bail within the next couple of weeks, although USA Today reports that Seminole County Judge Mark Herr made no indication Thursday (April 12) that he would free Zimmerman. Zimmerman will remain in jail until a bail hearing is held.

A formal arraignment has been scheduled for May 29.

Watch: George Zimmerman’s first court appearance since being charged and taken into custody.