Hundreds of supporters — mothers, fathers, sons and daughters — gathered at a Miami-Dade church Saturday to prayerfully send off the parents of slain teenager Trayvon Martin as they travel about 250 miles to Central Florida for the trial of the man accused of killing their son on a rainy night last February.
Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, along with members of the Trayvon Martin Foundation, clergy and the public attended the community program Saturday afternoon at Bethel Apostolic Temple — a blend of prayer, gospel songs, empowering speeches and the pained words of the parents.
“I say to you, I stand here as a mother, that my heart is hurting, but I know…that God will work this out,’’ said Fulton, tears welling in her eyes. “I know that the prayers are coming, I know that you are with us.”
The parents plan to attend the trial of George Zimmerman, which begins June 10 with jury selection in Sanford. Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch volunteer, is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, 17, of Miami Gardens.