Parents of Trayvon Martin Appear before Lawmakers

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The parents of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen allegedly shot by a neighborhood watch captain, are appearing at a congressional forum in Washington Tuesday to talk about the incident that led to their son's death.

Speaking at a news conference Tuesday, House Speaker John Boehner called the boy's demise a "tragedy."

"Our hearts go out to his family over this tragedy,"Boehner said. "Clearly what happened is in fact a tragedy. It's being investigated by state and federal officials, which I think is appropriate, and I think I'll leave it at that."

For more reaction to the case, CBN News spoke with Bishop E.W. Jackson, U.S. Senate candidate and founder of the national grassroots group S.T.A.N.D.  Click play for his comments.

Meanwhile, new details have emerged that are calling into question initial accounts of the case.

On Feb. 26, neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman had been tracking 17-year-old Trayvon Martin through a gated community.

The Orlando Sentinel reported that Zimmerman told police he lost sight of Martin and was walking back to his SUV when the teen attacked him. He said Martin punched him in the nose and slammed his head into the sidewalk.    
    
Reports also show Martin was suspended from school at the time of the shooting for carrying a bag with traces of marijuana.                         

Meanwhile, family and friends of Martin and Zimmerman are coming to their defense.

"They killed my son, and now they're trying to kill his reputation," Martin's mother, Sabrina Fulton, told reporters.

But Zimmerman's friend, Joe Oliver, said the neighborhood watch captain was no cold-blooded murderer.

"George had no intention of taking anyone's life," Oliver said. "He cried for days after that happened."

A grand jury will convene next month to decide whether Zimmerman should be charged.

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