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Trayvon Martin's Parents Discuss DOJ Decision

Clouded in disappointment, Trayvon Martin's parents are trying to move on knowing George Zimmerman won't face civil rights charges in the shooting death of their son.

"I will continue to fight injustice and fight for my son, for your son. Our work hasn't stopped," mother Sybrina Fulton told reporters at a news conference Wednesday. "This hasn't halted us. This will make us push harder because we have a lot of work to do."

Wednesday marks three years since Martin's death in Sanford. Zimmerman claimed self-defense and was acquitted on all charges by a jury a year later.

Fulton and father Tracy Martin said staff from the U.S. Department of Justice met with them in person Tuesday to let them know that the Attorney General closed the investigation into their son's death.

"To bring/file a civil rights claim against someone, you have to walk a fine line, and they didn't feel they had enough evidence by Trayvon not being here to tell his side of the story," Tracy Martin said.

"We in the U.S. are under a crisis, when our young people can't walk the streets, play music or stand at the store without being threatened, followed, chased pursued, profiled, or murdered," Fulton said.

With no more legal options to make a case against Zimmerman, Fulton and Martin will now focus all their efforts on the Trayvon Martin Foundation.

"It taught us a lesson, you have to prepare yourself for the unexpected and in doing that I think our push will be that much harder, go out and educate our communities, young kids more on the laws that apply to them and how they apply," Fulton said.

As difficult as the Department of Justice's decision was for the parents they expressed gratitude for the thorough investigation.

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