Obama says Martin's death a tragedy, asks nation to respect call for calm
President Barack Obama spoke about the killing of Trayvon Martin on March 23, 2012 at the White House.
July 14th, 2013
02:58 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama says Martin's death a tragedy, asks nation to respect call for calm

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama called on Sunday for "calm reflection" following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

The president, in a statement, acknowledged an emotionally charged climate but concluded that "we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken."

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  1. lonesome5dove

    America was built on racism and thrives on hatred. White America has lied about history, and about the black race, this is way the human race cannot come together.

    July 14, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. Michael

    What about Chicago violence everyday where are the statements from Obama reflecting on this serious, ignored issue?

    July 14, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  3. Unknown

    This is the way to honor Martin? I am sorry Mr. president but the jury finding Zimmerman not guilty means that they believed Martin attacked him and in so acted in self defense. So we are to honor a man attacking another? Obviously you are out of touch with the rest of us.

    July 14, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  4. susan5042

    Seriously??? Once again you use something like this to further you're anti-constitutional agenda? Classless.

    July 14, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  5. Jason

    IMHO, Obama's statement shows he's a president first; a father second.

    July 14, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  6. bearclaw69

    Why should the President have to ask his people for calm? The rest of us don't have to be asked, because we are civilized. Why isn't the President asking people for calm after a black gang member guns down another black in the streets of Chicago or Detroit? Because he knows that this case was ALL about race, and that blacks never react well when one of their own is killed by anyone OTHER than another black. Sickening, really.

    July 14, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  7. Henk

    How in the world can he say this.

    July 14, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  8. WOW!

    You would have thought that the President of the USA would have at least been briefed as to the evidence in the case before he commented! Talk about one sided. "That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin."????? We are now honoring people that assault other people for following them? When is National Ted Bundy day going to be?

    July 14, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  9. Adam

    No need for the president to even speak about the verdict. Remember he is the one that stated “if I had a son he would look like Trayvon Martin.” Go back to playing golf!

    July 14, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. Kevin

    No, President Obama, I am just going to mind my own business :)

    July 14, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  11. Tray Tray's bleeding Heart

    Obama should put a least on Al Sharpton if "violence" is the problem.

    Al's got plenty of blood on his hands.

    July 14, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  12. Ken

    Is the Black community doing all it can to get it's youth to stop killing each other?

    July 14, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  13. Anon

    This case was about self defense, not gun violence.

    July 14, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. Your Supporter

    My President,

    I respect your words of encouragement and guidance during this very dark moment of emotional confusion. I feel shock, pain, and anger. I wonder as a father of two little children about the future for my little girl and my one year old boy. I look into his eyes now with tears wondering if he goes off one day on an errand for me and he does not return, because society says he is suspicions. It seems we dwell in the midst of a society that does not care about our young people. I am truly afraid for my son. I know I must pray harder for my children who are now faced with a reality of issues that affect them without even knowing it.

    But….I read the back of the book, the holy word of the true and loving God, the God many do not believe is real. Know that this experience has brought me so much closer to the Lord. My father in heaven says that all things will be made new. I look to that great day. One day, that great day!

    Peace, rest and safety be upon Trayvon Martin. Peace, wisdom, and guidance be upon you and your family as you lead this great nation. Be blessed.

    Your Supporter.

    July 14, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  15. susan5042

    Seriously?? Once again you use something like this to further your anti-constitutional agenda?? Classless!

    July 14, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  16. a disgrace

    you would think that after florida made a fool out of obama for interfering in something that is NO OF HIS BUSINESS he would be smart enough to shut up!!!

    July 14, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  17. Frances

    Is there a chance we would also learn how to respond with grace and nonviolence if we are falsely accused? Ignorance breeds false accusation, but temper and pride escalate false accusations to violence. Scripture says something about turning the other cheek. Should we honor temper and pride?

    July 14, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  18. Joe

    While this is a huge tragedy we are a nation of laws and the law and evidence did not support the conviction of George Zimmerman.

    July 14, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  19. Yash

    How about focusing on creating a society that values peace over violence, transparency over secrecy, humanity over race and personal responsibility over finger pointing? Both GZ and TM could have done better and so can many of these folks who can't see past their emotions and/or personal interests.

    July 14, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  20. helen Wright

    To the family of travon Martin. My sincere. Prayer

    July 14, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Self-defense.

    July 14, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  22. Cliff

    Mr. President you had the chance to help the nation heal from this horrible situation. A chance to acknowledge both sides, instead you chose to make this a political issue on gun control. Shame Mr. President

    July 14, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  23. Wallaceboy

    When will this guy learn to keep his mouth shut. We have only so much honor to pass on and TM is not my first choice for honoring memory. I will save honor for those who have given their lives for this country or those who have contributed to the greater good. While it is sad that a young man got into a situation that cost him his life he was no Eagle Scout so let's not make him a martyr. Our Pres. will not comment on the ongoing investigations of his own admin but he will clearly take sides on this event. This never should have gone to trial and murder one was a bad call. Justice won out despite an overwhelming effort by the gov, media and the black community. If you want justice when it is your turn, you should demand it for others as well.

    July 14, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  24. calvinwolf

    The tragedy of Trayvon Martin's death could have been prevented if America made more of an effort to prevent violence. Martin felt the need to use his fists to address being approached by an unknown person. Had he not engaged in a physical attack the tragic shooting would not have occurred. Our young people need to be encouraged to use their words, not their fists, when faced with confrontation. Had Martin explained that he was simply headed home with snacks this horrific tragedy could have been avoided.

    We need a "use your voice, not your fists" campaign to help people realize that violence is not the answer to being questioned. Most children are told not to hit, and that is a lesson that should be remembered throughout life. Fists solve nothing.

    July 14, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  25. Don

    A man served justice is a tragedy?

    July 14, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
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