Trayvon Martin's Mother: He Was 'My Baby'

Sybrina Fulton reflects on the year since the shooting death of her son Trayvon Martin with the Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart, saying that she is "still in disbelief" over his death.

Sybrina Fulton, Tracy Martin, Benjamin Crump (Joe Raedle/Getty Images News)

Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, tells Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart that she is "still in disbelief" over his death, not only because it was so sudden but also because he was just a teenager. "It was ... you know, it was my baby," she said.

"From that day until now, I'm still in disbelief. I just feel like he's away. He's away. I mean, in actuality, I know that he's not coming back." Sybrina Fulton told me over a seafood lunch in Maryland on Friday. "I've had people to die, pass away in my family. But the level that I've gone through with this is just, it just surpasses everything that I've been through. Not only because it was a sudden death. It was a minor. It was a teenager. It was a, you know, it was my baby."

Her baby was Trayvon Martin.

One year ago tomorrow, the 17-year-old was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, in the gated Retreat at Twin Lakes community in Sanford, Fla. He was staying there with his father's girlfriend while on suspension from his Miami high school after being found with an empty marijuana baggie.

"I never said he was perfect, but he was mine," Fulton said.

Read Jonathan Capehart's entire piece at the Washington Post.

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