President Obama has spoken for the first time on the shooting that killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. He called it a “tragedy” and said “I can only imagine what these parents are going through and when I think about this boy, I think about my own kids, and I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this and that everybody pulls together, federal, state and local, to figure out how this tragedy happened.”
Obama said he is glad the case is being investigated by the Justice Department and that Florida Governor, Rick Scott, has formed a task force to investigate the shooting.
The President did say he was ‘sympathetic’ to the case being racially motivated.
You know, if I had a son he’d look like Trayvon. And I think they are right to expect that all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves and get to the bottom of exactly what happened.”
You can watch the President speak below.