Pastor at Martin Mother’s Church Calls for Peace Following Zimmerman Verdict

Pastor Arthur Jackson called for peace during regular Sunday morning services at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Miami Gardens.

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    NBC 6 South Florida
    Pastor Arthur Jackson

    The senior pastor at the church where Trayvon Martin's mother Sybrina Fulton is a member urged worshipers to keep the peace following a verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman, found not guilty in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

    Pastor Arthur Jackson reflected on the verdict during regular Sunday morning services at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Miami Gardens.

    "It goes without question how disappointed the family of Trayvon Martin is, how disappointed his church family is, how disappointed this community is," Pastor Arthur Jackson said.

    He reiterated a call for calm among those who were not happy with the verdict.

    "When things happen to us that we don't understand, we don't take matters into our own hands, but we turn the matter over to God," Jackson said.

    Although the services were not dedicated to Martin, some churchgoers came in support of the family and expressed their disappointment at the verdict.

    "My God, my God. I'm hurt, I'm really hurt," said Sarhonda Clark who sings with Martin's aunt.

    Although Martin's mother was not present at the services, his cousins were at the church and they also spread a message of peace.

    "That's our justice system in regards to what it's going to be. Be peaceful, the verdict is in and be peaceful about what it is," cousin Milton Felton said. "Conduct yourself accordingly. My heart is heavy. I'm very proud of the Trayvon Martin movement."

    His wife Roberta Felton also said she was disappointed and asked that everybody keep the family in their prayers.

    "Just remember Trayvon," she said.