Most Americans recall the tragedy that occurred last February when unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was fatally shot outside his father's home by 28-year-old George Zimmerman, a volunteer neighborhood watchman. The incident sparked nationwide controversy and resulted in Zimmerman being charged with second degree murder, though he stated in court that he was acting in self-defense.
On April 5, the Orlando Sentinel reported that Martin's parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, reached a settlement with the homeowners' association in the community where their son was killed after suing them for wrongful death. Though the amount they were awarded has not been confirmed, the source notes that it is believed to be more than $1 million.
The portion of the settlement made available to the public states the following, according to the Orlando Sentinel:
"It is understood and agreed that the payment made herein is not to be construed as an admission of any liability by or on behalf of the releasing parties, but instead the monies being paid hereunder is consideration for avoiding litigation, the uncertainties stemming from litigation as well as to protect and secure the good name and good will of the released parties."
Martin's family says they still plan to file a civil claim against Zimmerman, who is scheduled to go on trial in June for the second degree murder charges.
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