Trayvon‚Äôs Brother: ‚ÄúThere Should Be An Arrest‚ÄĚ
MIAMI (CBS4) ‚Äď The brother of Trayvon Martin is speaking out exclusively to CBS4 News about what he and his family have been going through since the shooting death of his brother, which prompted a national outcry for the shooter‚Äôs arrest.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs quite overwhelming. Everyone standing up for justice, for my brother,‚ÄĚ said Jahvaris Fulton. ‚ÄúI think it‚Äôs amazing. He‚Äôs making history, I guess. There‚Äôs no words for it. I don‚Äôt how to explain that but we like the support and we‚Äôre thankful for everyone‚Äôs prayers.‚ÄĚ
Fulton told CBS4‚Ä≤s Gio Benitez that Trayvon‚Äôs death has been so hard for him, he wanted to give up his Information Technology studies at Florida International University. It‚Äôs something, he said, he can‚Äôt get away from due to the intense media coverage.
‚ÄúLike when they come on I just change the channel or mute the TV,‚ÄĚ said Fulton ‚ÄĚ I still don‚Äôt really want to be [at FIU] right now. But I think about him, and then my future, so here I am.‚ÄĚ
Police say Martin, 17, died at the hands of Sanford neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman.
Trayvon was walking back home from a convenience store.
Zimmerman thought he looked suspicious and called police. He followed Trayvon.
What happens next is not clear, but Trayvon ended up dead with a gunshot wound to the chest.
Zimmerman told police he shot Trayvon in self defense, something Fulton has a hard time believing.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs just baffling how people just take his word for it, as if that‚Äôs exactly what happened, and no question about it,‚ÄĚ said Fulton. I think it sends the wrong message. It tells people that you can murder someone, no one sees it, and you can say its self defense. That‚Äôs essentially what happened and I don‚Äôt think people should get that.‚ÄĚ
Fulton plans to attend the rally for Trayvon Sunday at Miami‚Äôs Bayfront Park.