Call for justice for Trayvon Martin

Author: Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Published On: Mar 20 2012 04:37:42 PM EDT   Updated On: Mar 22 2012 11:21:53 AM EDT
MIAMI -

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho released the following statement Tuesday about the death of 17-year-old student Trayvon Martin, who was fatally shot last month in Sanford:

As Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, a father, and an American, I am heartbroken and deeply disturbed by the senseless and untimely death of one of my students, one of my children, Trayvon Martin. Each year we lose far too many young people to illness and accidents, but the death of a child as the result of an inexplicable violent act is not only heartbreaking, it is cause for outrage. The apparent failure of authorities to properly investigate such a death is utterly unacceptable.  Trayvon was killed on February 26, 2012, and some twenty-four days later, no charges have been filed or arrests made. Our American justice system is one that assures that all citizens are equal in the eyes of the law and that evidence, not conjecture or supposition, is to drive criminal investigations.  I join my voice with those who, in pain and mourning, demand that no stone be left unturned as state and federal entities achieve what, apparently and unjustifiably, the Sanford Police Department has not--justice.