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FIRST ON 3: Trayvon Martin’s father comes to the Scenic City

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Trayvon Martin's father was in Chattanooga Saturday, speaking to young boys for the 4th Annual Boys Leadership Summit.

It's to raise awareness on the importance of the future. Tracy Martin says after his son was killed last year, he wants to be an encouragement to young people to help make sure no other parents have to go through what he went through.

"It always takes a tragic event to awaken the communities around the country, it just so happened the tragic event happened in my life," said Tracy Martin, Trayvon Martin's Father.

That tragic event was losing his son, Trayvon. Tracy Martin says it's been a difficult road for his family. 

"Leaning on the shoulders of God. It is a good God up there. People sending up prayers for us from all over, people who don't even know us and that helps us get by," said Martin.

But he's trying to make the best of a bad situation.

"Knowing nothing that I do or say can bring him back is now moving towards what can I do to make sure none of these kids parents wake up in the morning and go through the same thing that I had to go through," said Martin.

 He says it starts with talking to your kids.

"I think it's imperative that we continue to get our message out to the youth that we as parents, as fathers, that we are here for them and that we love them. They are the leaders of tomorrow," said Martin.

Martin says the key to that success s education.

"Without education there is no tomorrow. We have to educate ourselves as youth and we as parents have to make sure our students get educated," said Martin.

And his hope by doing this to help move young people forward in the right direction.

"No one wakes up in the morning and looks for their loved one to be dead or whatever. But in the wake of a tragic event you try to do something positive," said Martin.

The Boys Leadership Summit targets males in grades 6 through 12 and it involves workshops, training and other activities to help attendees learn to cope with issues and problems facing the youth today.

 It's held every October, if you would like more information click here.

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