Celebrities react to George Zimmerman's charges on Twitter!
Yesterday, justice was finally served when George Zimmerman, the Latino man who shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February, was taken into custody and charged with second-degree murder.
Special prosecutor Angela Corey announced the decision after weeks of public outcry against Zimmerman, who claims he killed Martin in self-defense. Now, the gunman is expected to plead not guilty citing Florida's "stand your ground law" in court later today. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.
The news brought joy to Martin's parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, who told CBS that they were now "at ease." "We are, you know, overwhelmed that he was arrested because this is what we've been fighting for for 44 days," said Fulton.
Fulton also told the TODAY show that she believes the shooting was an accident that "just got out of control." But though she is sympathetic towards Zimmerman's loved ones, she expresses relief that the man responsible for her son's death is finally being punished.
"I understand his family is hurting, but think about our family that lost our teenage son. I mean, it's just very difficult to live with day in and day out," she said. " I'm sure his parents can pick up the phone and call him, but we can't pick up the phone and call Trayvon anymore."
And Trayvon's parents weren't the only ones with happy reactions to the news! Celebrities took to Twitter to share their thoughts as well. Here's what they said:
Taraji P. Henson (@TherealTaraji): "RT @veahismyname:: I remember @TherealTaraji tweeted "1 day she'd wake up to breaking news! George Zimmerman arrested". Today is the day!"
Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) "very proud of the work @GlobalGrind has done seeking justice for Trayvon! Zimmerman to be charged…" [referring to his website]
Tichina Arnold (@TichinaArnold) "God is a GOOD & MERCIFUL God. I'm reading that George Zimmerman will be brought 2 justice. Now let's pray that God has mercy on HIM."
Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) "Shoot First laws have nothing to do w/ the 2nd Amendment. They invite vigilante justice w/ disastrous results... #Trayvon"
MC Hammer (@MCHammer) "The World must be put on notice that the value of the Lives of our children is as precious and worthy as that of any child on Earth #Trayvon"
Wu Tang's Ghostface Killah simply wrote in Arabic: "ALHAMDULILAH" while Niecy Nash wrote: "Finally!!!!!"
Other celebrities, including P.Diddy and Jadakiss also retweeted news stories sharing the news of Zimmerman's charges. Personally, I'm right there with them - I wanted to shout with joy and relief after first hearing the news!
What was your reaction to the news of the charges against Zimmerman? Do you agree or disagree with them?
Image via Sanford Police Department