In an exclusive interview with Roland Martin, Jeantel’s attorney Rod Vereen spoke about her crucial testimony and her special friendship with Trayvon.
According to Vereen, Martin was one of the good guys who did not ridicule the teenager. Vereen recounted a prior interview with Jeantel where she explained their bond, “she said he was one of the few guys that never made fun of me, about the way I dressed, about the way I talked, about my hair, about my complexion… about my weight.”
When Martin asked Vereen how the 19-year-old was doing after the intense media scrutiny she endured while on stand, Vereen said that she was doing fine, although the experience was traumatic for her.
He also added this about Jeantel and Trayvon’s friendship, which many do not know:
The relationship she had with Trayvon Martin, she was a close personal friend. They had gone to elementary school together, separated over the years with regards they hadn’t seen each other, and then they connected again a couple of years ago. But when I asked her, because I thought she was the girlfriend initially, that’s how it was brought to me, that she was the girlfriend. She says, no, I was not the girlfriend of Trayvon Martin. She said Trayvon Martin had another young lady he was dating.
But Trayvon was one of the few guys, okay, and this is what, I mean, this ripped, tore my heart apart. She said he was one of the few guys that never made fun of me, about the way I dressed, about the way I talked, about my hair, about my complexion, you know, about my weight. And she said, so we communicated, because Rachel was, she was pretty much an introvert and so for her to be a 19-year-old young lady, who speaks three different languages. Now I hate to hear people talking, oh, she’s ignorant and she speaks three different languages, English being her third language.
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