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Issued : Friday, March 30, 2012 06:15 PM
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Pierluisi weighs in on Trayvon Martin case

By CB Online Staff

Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi is backing the U.S. Justice Department’s probe into the fatal shooting of a black teenager by an armed neighborhood watchman in Florida.

Trayvon Martin, 17, was killed Feb. 26 by volunteer George Zimmerman in the central city of Sanford, where Martin was visiting. Zimmerman has claimed self-defense and says Martin attacked and beat him.

The results of an autopsy have not been released while the death remains under investigation by state and federal authorities.

Zimmerman has not been charged, leading to racially-tinged protests around the country. Martin was black; Zimmerman’s father is white and his mother Hispanic.

“Trayvon Martin’s parents have suffered a deep loss. As a father and someone who lost a brother to a violent and unprovoked attack, I’m aware there is nothing I can say to ease their pain,” Pierluisi said in a letter submitted to the U.S. House Judicial Committee. “What happened to their unarmed son is an indescribable tragedy.”

Martin’s parents appeared before the congressional panel, which is looking into whether the fatal shooting may have constituted a hate crime.

“I hope they know the courage the have shown in their search for justice honors their son’s memory and makes it less likely that another family will have to bury a son,” the resident commissioner wrote.

Pierluisi lauded U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision this week to open a probe into Martin’s killing.

“Our society has to speak with a united voice against racial persecution, whether it is buy state or local authorities or private citizens who take the law into their own hands.

The resident commissioner is a co-sponsor of the End Racial Profiling Act, which was launched last December by Michigan Rep. John Conyers, the ranking Democrat on the House Judicial Committee.

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