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The parents of Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton, right, and Tracy Martin watch a news conference with special prosecutor Angela Corey in Sanford, Fla., announcing charges against George Zimmerman.
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The parents of Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton, right, and Tracy Martin watch a news conference with special prosecutor Angela Corey in Sanford, Fla., announcing charges against George Zimmerman.

The charges filed against George Zimmerman for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin will start the healing process for his parents, but they won't stop fighting until he's convicted, they said during a press conference in D.C. Wednesday.

Flanked by attorneys and members of the clergy, including the Rev. Al Sharpton, Trayvon's mother and father, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, addressed a crowd of supporters at the Washington Convention Center in D.C. following the announcement that Zimmerman faces charges of second degree murder in the death of their son.

Trayvon Martin, 17, was shot and killed in Sanford, Fla. in February by Zimmerman, who is a member of the area's neighborhood watch. Martin was unarmed. 

The boy's mother choked up as she spoke Wednesday. "I just want to speak from my heart to your heart, because a heart has no color," Fulton said.  "It's not black, it's not white, it's red. And I want to say thank you from my heart to your heart."

Tracy Martin also thanked the crowd for their compassion, although he added that the charges were just the beginning.

"We will continue to hold hands on this journey -- white, black, Hispanic, Latino. We will continue to walk; we will march and march and march until the right thing is done," said Martin.

It was an emotional scene at the convention center after the announcement. Renita Regan was one of about 100 people who gathered at the convention center in support of the family. "I have a son that's 14, and we just heard this a little while ago and he said, 'Well it's about time,'

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