Taraji P. Henson: Trayvon's life stolen from him

(CBS News) Academy Award-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson said 17-year-old Trayvon Martin's life was "stolen from him."

Martin was shot to death by George Zimmerman on Feb. 26 in a gated community in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman says he shot Martin, who was unarmed, in self-defense. Zimmerman is under arrest.

Henson, who has a 17-year-old son herself, said she spoke to Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, over the weekend by phone.

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"I cannot think about the mother, Sybrina, and what she could be going through," Henson said Monday on "CBS This Morning." "(Trayvon) should be doing exactly what my son is doing right now, figuring out where he's going to college, waiting for acceptance letters, you know, going on to the next phase of his life. But it was stolen from him."

When asked about the phone call with Martin's mother, Henson said she was shaking during the conversation.

"What can you say to her? There are no words," she said. "I just told her I love her and she's my hero because I couldn't imagine staying as peaceful as she is."

Henson is now starring as detective Joss Carter in CBS' "Person of Interest" and will appear in the Steve Harvey comedy "Think Like a Man," opening in theaters April 20.

For more with Henson on her family and career, watch the video in the player above.

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