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BREAKING: In DC, Trayvon's Parents Call for Calm as Charges Loom

Appearing at the Rev. Al Sharpton's fourth annual National Action Network convention in Washington, D.C., Wednesday afternoon, the parents of Trayvon Martin -- Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton -- called on their supporters and others who are anxiously awaiting a special prosecutor's announcement later today about charges in the shooting death of their son, 17-year-old on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla., to remain calm no matter the outcome.

State Attorney Angela Corey, a special prosecutor assigned to Trayvon's case, has called a news conference in Florida for 6 p.m. EST Wednesday. Widespread news reports say she will announce charges against George Zimmerman, the self-appointed neighborhood watch "captain" who shot and killed Trayvon, who was unarmed.

“For the last forty four days it has been a nightmare and this is coming from a mother’s perspective. I have been up and down as if I were on a rollercoaster. But I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that justice will be served,” Fulton said, during a brief appearance, flanked by Sharpton and their attorney, Ben Crump, at the NAN gathering at the Washington Convention Center.

“As a parent who lost a child, it is very tough to maintain your sanity,” Martin added. “But I told myself on the second day that Trayvon was dead that I would find it within myself to do right by him. To make sure that his name wouldn’t be, his death wouldn’t be in vain.”

Sharpton echoed Trayvon's parents' sentiments, saying, "

“Trayvon Martin’s name must not be tarnished by those that are either for or against with any reckless behavior, even verbally,” said Sharpton. “It is imperative that we make it clear that this family has denounced anything other than non-violent and peaceful protest.”

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