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Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, released a song titled "Joy Comes in the Morning" with a message aimed to inspire hope in families who have lost loved ones due to gun violence.
Gospel artist T-D.O.G.G. asked Fulton to collaborate on the project after he watched numerous media interviews in which she was evidently grieving following the death of her son, which inspired the lyrics to the song.
"I went back and watched her segments on TV and said 'I'm going to step outside of myself and see what she would be feeling,'" T-D.O.G.G said, reports South Florida's NBC6.
"Joy Comes in the Morning" debuted on a South Florida radio station, Hot 105, last week after Martin's shooter, George Zimmerman, was found not guilty of second-degree murder last month.
Zimmerman fatally shot the Florida teen in February 2012 during an altercation in which he claimed he was acting in self-defense, which fueled national uproar over whether the altercation was racially motivated.
During her interview at Hot 105, Fulton told listeners how she felt regarding Zimmerman's verdict and acknowledged that she could not continue dwelling on the decision of the case.
"We couldn't believe that people didn't see it our way and think he was guilty," Fulton said. "We got a lot of work to do. Listen I can't be mad or angry about it, I have to move forward."
Moving on with her life is the exact meaning behind her song and while Fulton does not sing or rap on the track, she does speak a message of encouragement for those that can relate to her pain.
"My name is Sybrina Fulton. I'm Trayvon Martin's mother. I want you to know that we serve a God with no boundaries and no limits," she says at the beginning of the song. "No matter what you do, always know God is in control. You must always stay encouraged and hold your head high. I am glad to know that my angel Trayvon is watching over me and a peace of my heart is in heaven."
While the song played on air, the radio DJs shared the story of a Miami family that met Fulton and Martin's father, Tracy Martin, through the Trayvon Martin Foundation after their 12-year-old daughter was shot and killed last week.
"It's just sad, because they're actually sitting where we were last year at this time," Fulton said. "And the hurt and the pain it doesn't go away."