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Thursday, April 12, 2012
Heat hope Martin family better

By Brian Windhorst
ESPN.com

CHICAGO -- Three weeks ago the Miami Heat collectively made a statement about the death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin when they posed for a team picture in hoodies.

Thursday, Heat players LeBron James and Dwyane Wade said they hoped that Martin's family began to feel some sense of closure following the arrest of George Zimmerman in the wake of the shooting.

Martin was killed in Sanford, Fla., as he was returning to a gated community wearing a hoodie and carrying candy and iced tea. Zimmerman, a neighborhood crime-watch volunteer, said he acted in self-defense and was not initially arrested, sparking protests.

"For us we hope the family is getting more closure and they're feeling better as the days go on," James said. "We all know it was a tragic incident that happened with Trayvon and I'm happy I was in position to shed some light on the situation. We were in support of his family and the kid."

Wade, who visited a nephew in his hometown of Chicago Wednesday who was recently injured in a shooting, said the incident with Martin and his nephew are reasons why his foundation focuses on reducing violence in communities.

"There's so many different families that go through (it) and that's why I try to do the things I do in the community," Wade said. "To see (my newphew) is great, he looked very good. He's in great spirits. It's good for our family and for him to have a good new outlook on life."