Trayvon Martin's father, Tracy, said Thursday it was difficult to listen to testimony about his son, particularly the negative comments, during George Zimmerman's trial.
"That wasn't the Trayvon that we raised. That wasn't the Trayvon that we knew, and that we love," he said during a Thursday night interview on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360."
Still, Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, said that she felt the need to sit through every day of Zimmerman's trial because her son was "not here to say anything for himself."
She said that she wanted to "show a face" for her son.
Martin's parents spoke out Thursday for the first time since Zimmerman was acquitted in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
"It came as a complete shock for me," Fulton said about the verdict.
"And the reason I say that is because I just look at people as people, and I thought for sure that the jury looked at Trayvon as an average teenager that was minding his own business, that wasn't committing any crime."
Martin's parents opted not to be in the courtroom when the verdict was read. They thought they would not be able to control their emotions -- whichever way the jury decided.
When they heard, they broke down.
"When I heard the verdict, I kind of understand the disconnect," Fulton said. "Maybe they (jurors) didn't see Trayvon as their son. They didn't see Trayvon as a teenager. They didn't see Trayvon as just a human being that was minding his own business."
'Does the system work? It didn't work for us'
Tracy Martin said he wasn't concerned about the racial makeup of the jury before the start of the trial, which has become a forum for debate about gun laws and race in America. But, like Fulton, he believes jurors never saw the event from the perspective of his son.
The jury had six women -- five white and one an unspecified minority.
Tracy Martin said he believes Juror B37 had her mind made up before the trial began. The juror gave an exclusive interview to CNN's Anderson Cooper this week and said the jury felt like it knew Zimmerman but didn't know enough about Martin.
Martin's mother said that despite that comment, jurors had sufficient information.
"They knew he was a teenager. They knew he was on his way home. They knew he ran," she said. "... How much do you need to know?"
Referring to Juror B37's statement that she did not believe race was a factor in the shooting, Fulton said, "I think that's a joke."
Tracy Martin said that his children had grown up in a diverse community, so he had never felt feel a need to have a conversation about how his sons should deal with race.
Rather, he said he talked with his children about "how we prepare them to become teenagers, to become upstanding citizens, to conduct themselves in public."
But once his unarmed son was shot, he said that changed. "What is it I can tell my child now?" he asked.
In spite of his son's death, Tracy Martin said he has faith in the legal system.
"The state did all they could with what they had" given the poor quality of the investigation, he said.
"Does the system work? It didn't work for us. We remain prayerful that through this injustice, we can close that gap and hopefully the system can start working for everyone equally."
'Hopefully, we can find some positive'
Martin's mother said that she hoped that a foundation started in her son's name would allow for something good to come out of his death.