Three days before the trial of the man charged with murdering her son begins, the mother of Trayvon Martin appeared on ABC's 'The View' to talk about what the incident has done to her and her family.
"I just couldn't believe that it had happened to him," said Sybrina Fulton, Martin's mother. "[It is] the worst phone call any mother -- not just me -- any mother could receive, to tell you that your 17-year-old son had been shot and killed. And we had no answers."
Joined by Benjamin Crump, her family's attorney, Fulton discussed the shooting of the 17-year-old unarmed Martin by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Fla. who claimed that he was acting in self defense when the incident occurred. Fulton does not understand how people can be divided on the incident and how her son was not at fault.
"Trayvon was a teenager. We are talking about somebody that had just turned 17 three weeks before his death. And we are talking about a 28 year old adult that was following, or pursuing, him. So it is very hard for me to wrap my mind around exactly what happened and exactly why people think it’s so difficult [to understand]," she said.
Zimmerman's trial for second-degree murder begins Monday. A hearing is currently going on to see how the 911 calls made by neighbors will be presented to the jury.
Zimmerman's attorney is also trying to get text messages that Martin sent to someone during the day of his death admitted as evidence that Martin was a "hostile" young man.
"I think it was a desperate attempt to taint and influence the jury pool. ... Stuff that the judge ruled was irrelevant, inadmissible and had nothing to do with George Zimmerman's guilt or innocence," said Crump about the text messages.
During the telecast, Sherri Shepherd, one of 'The View's' co-hosts, read a statement from the defense which said that, "For more than a year, Mr. Crump and Sybrina Fulton have campaigned against George Zimmerman and have demanded that he face a jury. Jury selection for that trial begins next week and we hope that all involved remember that our justice system works in large part because of our faith in it. We pray that justice will be found by all in any verdict rendered by an impartial jury at the end of a fair trial."
Last year, 'The View' creator and co-host Barbara Walters turned down Zimmerman's request for monetary compensation in agreement for appearing on the show.