George Zimmerman (L) and Trayvon Martin (CNN)
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- Trayvon Martin's mother cried and thanked God after a special prosecutor in Florida called and told her the neighborhood watch captain who shot and killed her unarmed teenage son would be charged with second degree murder.
"We wanted nothing more, and nothing less," Sybrina Fulton told a crowd of reporters and photographers at the Washington Convention Center.
"A heart has no color. It's not black. It's not white. It's not red, and I want to say thank you from my heart to your heart," Fulton said through tears.
Prosecutor Angela Corey called the parents and reportedly prayed with them before announcing at a news conference in Florida that she had charged George Zimmerman in the shooting of Martin. Zimmerman insists he acted in self-defense.
"This is just the beginning," the teen's father Tracy Martin said. "But we have faith."
Trayvon's parents were in Washington for the meeting of Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network, which has helped make the case a national debate about race and Florida's self-defense laws.
Sharpton told reporters, "This is not a time for high-fives ... these parents are still grieving. This is not a night for celebration. It's a night that never should have been."
(WUSA 9News Now)