The parents of a 17-year-old whose shooting death sparked a national debate about race and guns were not in the courtroom when the verdict was read: the shooter, George Zimmerman, was found not guilty.
Trayvon Martin’s father, Tracy, reacted on Twitter: ‘‘Even though I am broken hearted my faith is unshattered I WILL ALWAYS LOVE MY BABY TRAY.’’
The teen’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, also said on Twitter that she appreciated the prayers from supporters.
‘‘Lord during my darkest hour I lean on you. You are all that I have,’’ she wrote.
The jurors had to sort out clashing testimony from 56 witnesses in all, including police, neighbors, friends and family members. The six women came to their decision after deliberating for more than 15 hours over two days.