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Sybrina Fulton‘s 17-year-old son, Trayvon Martin tragically became a household name when he was allegedly gunned down by self-appointed neighborhood watch captain, George Zimmerman. Martin’s death sparked heated debates about race, violence and the criminal justice system. Last year’s Mother’s Day, Sybrina received a card, hug and keychain from her young son. Little did she know those would be the last momentos she’d get from her slain son.

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According to Huffington Post, every year, Martin and his older brother (Jahvaris) would give Fulton a card and a hug. Sometimes they would bring flowers. Last year Martin surprised her with a key chain. Every year, Sybrina would gather her two boys to attend services at Antioch Missionary Baptist, a large, popular church close to their home in suburban Miami. As a woman of tradition, Fulton had a hard time trying to make the service this year.

Fulton has been attending rallies around the country (many at churches), interviews and town halls and has found that her time away from the cameras for prayer with her church has been scarce. “I would tell [mothers] to increase their faith in God. Just be prayerful that things will change, the negatives of the world. People will change their hearts and minds,” she said. “It’s the will of God,” Fulton explained.

As a working woman, it’s amazing that Fulton has one less weight to carry. Her coworkers have raised enough money to allow for her to have eight months paid leave from work. The Miami Herald reports that Sybrina Fulton, a 23-year veteran of the county housing authority, received $40,825 worth of donated vacation time from a over 100 of her coworkers.

Fulton will be using her time off to continue fighting for “Justice For Trayvon–” which is an organization that seeks to change what it calls dangerous gun laws around the country — including the vaguely worded ‘Stand Your Ground’ law under which Zimmerman claimed he acted in self-defense.

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