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Trayvon Martin's family reacts to verdict via social media

Jerriann Sullivan

Trayvon Martin's family was not in the courtroom when the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial was announced. But moments later, family members shared their sentiments on the social media site Twitter.

"God blessed Me & Sybrina with Tray and even in his death I know my baby proud of the FIGHT we along with all of you put up for him GOD BLESS," Tracy Martin, Trayvon's dad, tweeted seconds after the verdict was announced.

Minutes later he said "Thanks to everyone who are with us and who will be with us (so) we together can make sure that this doesn't happen again," on Twitter.

Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon's mom, didn't speak out until an hour after the verdict.

"Lord during my darkest hour I lean on you. You are all that I have. At the end of the day, GOD is still in control. Thank you all for your prayers and support. I will love you forever Trayvon!!! In the name of Jesus!!!"

"Et tu, America?" Trayvon's brother, Jahvaris Fulton, tweeted.

Seconds after the verdict in the murder trial was announced hashtags of "TrayvonMartin" and "Zimmerman" were trending on social media sites

In addition to the names of the defendant and the Miami Gardens teen that was shot to death in Sanford on Feb. 26, 2012, the terms "manslaughter" "Florida" and "Sanford" were trending on Twitter.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. took to his Twitter account to encourage peace.

"Avoid violence, it will lead to more tragedies. Find a way for self construction not deconstruction in this time of despair. (hashtag)ZimmermanTrial," Jackson tweeted.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People started an online petition calling for civil rights charges against Zimmerman through the U.S. Department of Justice.

"We can still seek justice for (hashtag)TrayvonMartin. Sign the (hashtag)NAACP petition to the Department of Justice," the organization tweeted.

The Dream Defenders Orlando (Fla.) chapter is an organization with the focus of ending "the criminalization of black and brown youth," according to their Facebook page.

Minutes after the verdict was announced the group said "Time to go to work," on its Twitter page.

Sean Combs, also known as Diddy, took to Twitter to share his opinion 10 minutes after the verdict was announced saying "(hashtag)REVOLT BREAKING NEWS: George Zimmerman found NOT GUILTY in second degree murder."


Jerriann Sullivan
Orlando Sentinel