Trayvon's mom clarifies "it was an accident" remark

(CBS NEWS) - Trayvon Martin's mother Sybrina Fulton is clarifying remarks she made Thursday morning that the shooting of her son by George Zimmerman was an accident.

Fulton was interviewed on NBC's "Today" show the morning after George Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder in the death of her son.

When asked what she would say if she could talk to Zimmerman face to face, Fulton said a person should apologize if they are remorseful. She then said she believed the shooting was an accident and things got out of control.

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Later Thursday, in an interview with the Associated Press, Fulton said she referring to the chance nature of the encounter between Zimmerman and her son.

"Their meeting was the accident," Fulton said. "That was the accident. Not the actual act of him shooting him. That was murder ... They were never supposed to meet."

Fulton said Zimmerman's arrest is just a first step.

"This is just first base so we have a long journey, to do what we set out to do, which is to get justice for Trayvon."


  • David Hancock

    David Hancock is a home page editor for CBSNews.com.

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