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The verdict in the Trayvon Martin case has been weighing heavily on the hearts and minds of many, including Kelly Ripa.
At the top of Monday's Live With Kelly & Michael, the mother-of-three was talking with cohost Michael Strahan about the case that concluded over the weekend with George Zimmerman being acquitted of all charges in the shooting death of the 17-year-old.
"I don't pretend to know anything about what goes on with a jury. And when you're not there, you don't really see all the evidence that's presented, you can't really theorize from the sidelines," an emotional Ripa said.
"But as a mom of a 16-year-old, I can't help but think about his mom," she continued. "You know, my son wears a hoodie. He likes Skittles. You know, I just keep going back to that place, I think like so many parents do, and my son would have been scared to death."
Clearly choked up, Ripa concluded by saying, "So I think all parents are praying with all of the families involved, but especially his family, because you don't recover from that."
"Very well said," noted Strahan, who also expressed his thoughts on the matter.
"The results of that trial, which for everybody, if you feel one way or the other about it, it's really a tragedy all within itself because a young man lost his life and, in a lot of ways, it seemed like it didn't have to happen."
Of course, Ripa and Strahan aren't the only famous faces who have voiced their feelings in the wake of the verdict.
Soon after it was read, Russell Simmons tweeted, "Prayers for the Martin family. ... Only God knows what was on Zimmerman mind but the gun laws and stand your ground laws must change.?" He added, "I know many people are very upset about the verdict, but we must remain peaceful. No matter what, remain peaceful."
Beyoncé, meanwhile, asked fans at her Nashville concert on Saturday to observe a moment of silence for the slain teen. She then proceeded to belt out an emotional rendition of "I Will Always Love You."