President Obama says the nation needs to do some "soul-searching" over the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.
The president was asked about the case after brief remarks outside the White House today.
"Obviously this is a tragedy. I can only imagine what these parents are going through. When I think about this boy I think about my own kids, and I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this and that everybody pulls together, federal, state and local to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened," said President Obama.
"So...I'm glad that not only the justice department is looking into it, I understand now that the governor of the state of Florida has formed a task force to investigate what is taking place.
I think all of us have to do some soul searching to figure out how something like this happened. That means that we examine the laws and the context for what happened as well as the specifics of the incident.
But my main message is to the parents of Trayvon Martin. You know, if I had a son he would look like Trayvon. I think they are right to expect that all of us as Americas are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves and we will get to the bottom of exactly what happened."