Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, the parents of Trayvon Martin, helped hand out 400 backpacks filled with back-to-school supplies to children in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties as part of the annual Back-to-School Extravaganza held by the Trayvon Martin Foundation this Saturday.
The event, which also included rock climbing walls and other entertainment for the children, is held annually by the Foundation established by Martin and Fulton to create awareness of violent crime and the impact that it has on families and communities, educating young people on how to non-violently resolve conflicts.
Tracy Martin told reporters:
“We want the kids going back to school feeling empowered. We always said we were going to be here for the community because the community has always been there for us.”
Martin and Fulton created the Foundation after their son 17 year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in February of 2012. Zimmerman was acquitted of second degree murder in 2013 after claiming that he shot Martin in self defense.
Watch a report on the event below.
h/t: CBS Miami