WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- Trayvon Martin's mother cried and thanked God after the special prosecutor in Florida called and told her the neighborhood watch captain who shot and killed her unarmed teenage son would be charged with second degree murder.
"We wanted nothing more, and nothing less," Sybrina Fulton told a crowd of reporters and photographers at the Washington Convention Center.
"A heart has no color. It's not black. It's not white. It's red, and I want to say thank you from my heart to your heart," Fulton said through tears.
Prosecutor Angela Corey called the parents and reportedly prayed with them before announcing at a news conference in Florida that she had charged George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon. Zimmerman insists he acted in self defense.
"This is just the beginning," Trayvon's father Tracy Martin said. "But we have faith."
Trayvon's parents were in Washington for the meeting of Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network, which has helped make Trayvon's case a national debate about race and Florida's self defense laws.
Sharpton told reporters, "This is not a time for high fives... these parents are still grieving (their lost son). This is not a night for celebration, it's a night that never should have been."
Written and Reported by Bruce Leshan
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