Disbelief, relief: Twitter erupts after Zimmerman verdict

Twitter erupted with responses after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

African-American actress and model Gabrielle Union tweeted immediately, saddened by the news:

How do we explain this to children? RT @lolaogunnaike: Apparently walking while black is a crime punishable by death. #TrayvonMartin

— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu)

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American business magnate Russell Simmons expressed disappointment, but remained calm:

I know many people are very upset about the verdict, but we must remain peaceful. No matter what, remain peaceful.

— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH)

Trayvon Martin's father Tracy expressed his thoughts on Twitter soon after the verdict was announced:

Even though I am broken hearted my faith is unshattered I WILL ALWAYS LOVE MY BABY TRAY

— Tracy Martin (@BTraymartin9)

WFTV captured the faces of those waiting outside the courthouse in response to the verdict:

RT @WFTV: Disbelief, relief outside courthouse after #Zimmerman found not guilty http://t.co/WYkKxoipMX pic.twitter.com/WOChOw37nE

— Chelsea (@_AllAboutChels)

Author Kurt Schlichter thanked God in his reaction to the verdict on Twitter:

Thank God. #Zimmerman free. Now, I think we can all take a moment for the Martin family and keep them in our prayers as well.

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— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter)

Criminal defense attorney Mark Eiglarsh, who wrote an article before the verdict was read about why Zimmerman should not be found guilty, shared a few thoughts as well:

The verdict isn't about GZ getting away murder, rather the justice system preserving its integrity. My heart goes out to the Martin family.

— Mark Eiglarsh (@MarkEiglarsh)

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