Update: Tune-in to this morning's "New Day" to hear reactions from last night's interviews with Juror B37 who spoke exclusively to CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," and Rachel Jeantel who appeared on "Piers Morgan Live."
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“New Day” is covering reactions across the country over the “not guilty” verdict in the George Zimmerman trial this morning.
The acquittal came late on Saturday night after the jury deliberated for 16 and a half hours. The shock that struck the nation was felt most strongly by Trayvon Martin's family.
Following the case from the very beginning, George Howell tells their story in the above video.
“Martin's mother Sybrina Fulton said in a tweet, quote, ‘Lord, during my darkest hour, I lean on you. You are all that I have,’” Howell reports.
“Martin's father wrote, ‘Even though I'm brokenhearted, my faith is unshattered. I will always love my baby Tray.’”
The somber sentiment was also felt at the Martin family’s home church in Miami Gardens.
“We're very concerned and very hurt and very disappointed at this point,” Martin’s relative Roberta Felton said at a press conference. “But we know in the end, God will prevail and justice will be served....”
The verdict even stirred a response from President Obama, who released a statement saying, "...We are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son.”
CNN's Athena Jones has more on the response in Washington.
While Zimmerman's criminal trial may be over, his legal troubles may yet continue. In addition to any future lawsuits by Martin's family, the Justice Department is considering whether there is sufficient evidence to bring a civil rights action.
Attorney General Eric Holder may discuss the case as early as today, when he speaks before a black sorority in the nation’s capital, Jones reports. And she explains that it is not a clear, open and shut case.
“There’s a very high bar when it comes to federal civil rights charges here,” she says. “They have to prove that George Zimmerman acted out of a state of racial animus or racial hatred when he shot Trayvon Martin.”
Whether further legal action is taken against him or not, Zimmerman likely faces a difficult road ahead trying to lead his life as a free man.
CNN's David Mattingly has more on the challenges Zimmerman faces in his future.
“George Zimmerman is free to go wherever he can,” Mattingly says. “The question is where, when anger is sure to follow?”
Mattingly explains that being acquitted doesn’t necessarily mean that he is free. The fear of encountering violence is palpable for the former neighborhood watch volunteer.
“There have been tweets, email and letters wishing him bodily harm or death,” Mattingly says.
“Experts advise Zimmerman to disappear if that's possible, be contrite and try to not give the appearance that he beat the system.”