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Disbelief, relief: Twitter erupts after Zimmerman verdict

By Colette Bennett, CNN
updated 12:18 AM EDT, Sun July 14, 2013
Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, is joined by her son Jahvaris Fulton as she speaks to the crowd during a rally in New York City, Saturday, July 20. A jury in Florida acquitted Zimmerman of all charges related to the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/27/justice/gallery/zimmerman-trial/index.html'>View photos of key moments from the trial.</a> Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, is joined by her son Jahvaris Fulton as she speaks to the crowd during a rally in New York City, Saturday, July 20. A jury in Florida acquitted Zimmerman of all charges related to the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. View photos of key moments from the trial.
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(CNN) -- 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

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George Zimmerman is congratulated by members of his defense team, Don West and Lorna Truett, after the not guilty verdict is read on Saturday, July 13, in Sanford, Florida. A jury of six women found him not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. View photos of the public reaction to the verdict. George Zimmerman is congratulated by members of his defense team, Don West and Lorna Truett, after the not guilty verdict is read on Saturday, July 13, in Sanford, Florida. A jury of six women found him not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. View photos of the public reaction to the verdict.
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Piers Morgan with Robert Zimmerman Jr

— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu)

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:

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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.

— 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)

READ MORE: Live Blog: Zimmerman is a free man

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