Trayvon Martin Did Not Tease Rachel Jeantel

Jeantel's lawyer, Rod Vereen, says that Trayvon "was one of the few guys who never made fun" of her.

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Rachel Jeantel testifies at George Zimmerman's trial. (Jacob Langston/Getty Images)

Perhaps those who ridiculed Rachel Jeantel in the wake of her testimony during George Zimmerman's second-degree-murder trial should borrow a page from her friend Trayvon Martin. In a touching interview with Roland Martin, Jeantel's lawyer, Rod Vereen, describes Trayvon as one of the good guys who did not ridicule the teen because of her looks or the way she talks, Global Grind reports.

"Trayvon was one of the few guys, okay, and this is what, I mean, this ripped, tore my heart apart," Vereen said. "She said ‘he was one of the few guys that never made fun of me, about the way I dressed, about the way I talked, about my hair, about my complexion, you know, about my weight.' And she said, so we communicated, because Rachel was, she was pretty much an introvert and so for her to be a 19-year-old young lady, who speaks three different languages. Now I hate to hear people talking, oh, she's ignorant and she speaks three different languages, English being her third language."

Vereen said that Jeantel and Trayvon attended elementary school together, separated over the years and then reconnected a couple of years before his fatal encounter with Zimmerman. He added that Jeantel was not Trayvon's girlfriend and that he was dating another young lady.

He said that she is doing fine, although she was traumatized by the intense media scrutiny following her testimony.

Read more at Global Grind.

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