Over the last couple of weeks several public figures have spoken out against the shooting of Trayvon Martin, and now President Obama is weighing in. The commander in chief reiterated the feelings of many who have protested the Sanford, Fla. police department’s decision not to pursue charges against Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman.

Obama was moved by the story, because he feels a personal connection to the issue. “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” he said during a White House press conference Friday (March 23). “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. “