This Friday, the parents of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed Florida teen who was fatally shot by self-appointed neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, will appear on Dr. Phil to respond to Tuesday’s season-premiere interview with Mark and Sondra Ostermann, close friends of the man who killed their son.
Trayvon’s father Tracy Martin, his mother Sabrina Fulton and his 21-year-old brother Jahvaris will share how they are coping six months after the tragedy — and seek Dr. Phil’s advice on how to best move forward while honoring the memory of their son. They’ll also reveal their response to George Zimmerman’s recent apology and whether they would be willing to speak with him in person if given the chance — plus the one thing they’d like the public to know most about Trayvon.
“They’re left with the questions about what should they or could they have done to prevent this,” says Dr. Phil of the episode. “They’re trying to make sense out of this tragic loss and they’re lost.”
“There’s a part of me that’s angry with myself for not being there at that precise moment — not being able to stand in front of the gun and take the bullet for him,” a tearful Tracy Martin tells Dr. Phil in a preview clip released to the press.
“You do need to give this a voice,” the doctor tells Sabrina. “To keep this inside and isolate yourself and internalize yourself from — it is so dangerous.” He also assures viewers that it is OK to speak about tragedy with, and offer a kind word to, survivors rather than assume they’d rather not revisit it.
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