The brother of Trayvon Martin, whose shooting death by George Zimmerman gained international attention over the past year, is currently serving as an intern for Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., her office confirmed to NBC News.
A Florida jury found Zimmerman not guilty of of 2nd degree murder and manslaughter on July 13. Zimmerman says he shot the teen in self defense.
Martin’s brother Jahvaris Fulton attends Florida International University in Miami, Fla., according to his Twitter page.
Fulton, who testified in the case against Zimmerman, is interning at the Democratic congresswoman’s office in Miami Gardens.
According to Wilson's office, Fulton is also part of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project. Founded by Wilson 20 years ago, the project is a drop-out prevention and mentoring program that addresses needs and issues facing at-risk boys in Miami-Dade schools.
On Friday, President Barack Obama made a surprise appearance at a daily press briefing to say that “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.”
Obama commended the judge and jury for their handling of the case, but said he understood the disappointment some people expressed after the verdict.
“I think it’s important to recognize that the African-American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away,” Obama said.
First published July 19 2013, 11:43 AM