UPDATE: 5:45 p.m. ET
Trayvon Martin‘s mother, Sybrina Fulton, corrected her earlier comments where she said George Zimmerman’s shooting of her son was an accident.
Here is her full statement clarifying her remarks, as provided by msnbc.com:
Earlier today, I made a comment to the media that was later mischaracterized. When I referenced the word ‘accident’ today with regard to Trayvon’s death, in NO way did I mean the shooting was an accident.
We believe that George Zimmerman stalked my son and murdered him in cold blood. The ‘accident’ I was referring to was the fact that George Zimmerman and my son ever crossed paths. It was an accidental encounter. If George Zimmerman hadn’t gotten out of his vehicle, this entire incident would have been avoided.
My son was profiled, followed and murdered by George Zimmerman, and there was nothing accidental about that.
MIAMI– The mother of an unarmed teen killed by a Florida neighborhood watch volunteer is saying she thinks the shooting was an accident.
Sybrina Fulton was interviewed on NBC’s “Today” show on Thursday after the shooter, George Zimmerman, was charged with second-degree murder in the February death of Trayvon Martin.