Reporting from Washington — In calling for "some soul-searching" on the incident, President Obama offered a very personal reflection on the killing of Trayvon Martin, a young black teenager in Florida that has sparked a national outcry.
"If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon," Obama said Friday morning in the White House Rose Garden, his first public comments on the incident.
"Obviously this is a tragedy. I can only imagine what these parents are going through. And when I think about this boy I think about my own kids."
Trayvon, 17, was shot and killed nearly a month ago as he returned to his father's house by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer. Martin was unarmed; Zimmerman claims he shot the teenager in self-defense.