MIAMI (AP) — Trayvon Martin's parents have expressed their support for the parents of a 17-year-old who was fatally shot after an argument over loud music.
Their statement comes as a jury in Jacksonville, Fla., is in the fourth day of deliberations in the trial of Michael Dunn. He's charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of Jordan Davis outside a convenience store. He claims he shot the teen in self-defense, but prosecutors say Dunn opened fire because he felt disrespected by Davis after their argument.
In a statement today, Trayvon Martin's parents said that no matter the verdict, Jordan Davis' parents won't ever see him again. Martin's parents said Davis' killing is "yet another reminder that in Florida, racial profiling and stereotypes" may serve as the basis for illegitimate fear "and the shooting and killing of young teenagers."
The trial is the latest Florida case to raise questions about self-defense and race and comes six months after George Zimmerman was acquitted of any crime for fatally shooting 17-year-old Martin.