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The woman who raised Tryvon Martin talks about the stepson she lost - the Trayvon Martin that she says people don't know.
Let’s get started.
So far this trial has done a good job of establishing for the record what people heard and saw the night George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin.
That's what all trials do at this stage of the game.
But for the moment, at least, that's all the jurors know.
They don't yet know,
except perhaps by inference, who George Zimmerman is and who Trayvon Martin was.
Alicia Stanley sadly knows Trayvon Martin is the son she lost, is the child that she had raised from age 3,
in the home that she shared with Trayvon’s dad Tracy until they separated just before the shooting.
Alicia Stanley, Trayvon Martin’s stepmother now joins us exclusively tonight.
So I don't think a lot of people know your story and your relationship with Trayvon.
You were his stepmother for a long, long time.
Yes, for 14 years.
And a half, you could say 14 and a half years.
How much a role did you have in actually raising him?
Hands on. I mean, I've been with his father for 14 years.
Trayvon was about 3 when I met his father.
And ever since then, I mean, Trayvon has been in my life.
And I've been nothing more than a mother to him.
You know, he was raised with my girls. I have two daughters.
So he lived in your house?
Yes, he lived in, he lived in my house with me and his father and my girls.
And Trayvon wanted to live with us.
And Trayvon was to our house in my home 85 to 95 - 90 percent of the time.
What kind of person was he?
What do you want people to know about him?
I want people to know that Trayvon was a kind person.
He was a loving person.
He loved children.
Babies, you know, before this happened I really believe he would have been working with children, because he adored children.
And just let people know that he's not what the media make him out to be.
Like he was this thug. He wasn't that.
Are you watching the trial?
I'm not watching the trial. Why?
It's hard for me.
I mean, to see and hear the things that led to his death, it's hard for me.
And I don't care to hear it, I don't care to hear that. I don't.
to lift something to a higher position
The percentage of the pay raise equals the increase in prices.
the hearing of statements and showing of objects, etc. in a law court to judge if a person is guilty of a crime or to decide a case or a legal matter
He went through hell during the trial.
limited to only one person or group of people
He is part of an exclusive social circle and belongs to an exclusive club.
the woman who is married to someone's father but who is not their real mother
His stepmother is kind to her.
to love someone very much, especially in a way that shows a lot of admiration or respect, or to like something very much
Men can only adore women who are adorable.