Tracy Martin, the father of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, visited Capitol Hill on Wednesday to urge lawmakers to work to prevent the untimely death of more black children.

“To have his name slandered and demonized, I think as a father it’s really important that my message to the world, we won’t let this verdict sum up who Trayvon was,” Martin said at the first meeting of the newly-formed Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys. “I vow to do everything in my power to not give up the fight for him.”

Martin said he he will never get over the loss of his son.

“When we talk about one of the greatest gifts that a man can receive from a woman, I think that greatest gift is a son,” Martin said. “I always said that Trayvon was my hero, he saved my life.”
He said his son should serve as an inspiration for others.
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