After Prince’s untimely death, stories emerged about the singer’s generous acts of kindness.
Rev. Al Sharpton revealed to NYDaily News that Trayvon Martin’s family was one of those who the ‘Purple Rain’ hitmaker secretly donated money to.
“I will never forget when he [Prince] called me and said he had some funds he wanted to give to Trayvon Martin’s family… just out of the blue. Just out of the clear blue,” Sharpton says.
“He didn’t want anybody to know. He didn’t even want Trayvon Martin’s family to know where the funds came from.”
Trayvon Martin was a 17-year-old African American from Miami Gardens, Florida. He was fatally shot by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer.
On the evening of February 26, Martin was walking back alone to his dad’s fiancée’s house after purchasing some items from a convenience store.
After mistaking Martin for a burglar, Zimmerman fatally shot him the chest – this despite warnings from a 911 operator to wait for police back up.
But a jury acquitted him of second-degree murder and manslaughter in July 2013.
This verdict sparked mass outrage and protests.