PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The mother of Trayvon Martin, the teenager shot and killed in an incident that sparked a nationwide debate about race, will be coming to Portland.

Sybrina Fulton will be speaking at a free event at Maranatha Church in Northeast Portland on April 13. She’s speaking on transforming her tragedy into social change. It’s hosted by the YWCA of Greater Portland.

Trayvon Martin was 17 when he was shot and killed by George Zimmerman as he walked home from a convenience store in 2012. Zimmerman claims he shot Martin in self-defense, although Martin was unarmed at the time. His death sparked nationwide protests and debates about race relations.

Zimmerman was acquitted of murder charges in the shooting.Event details:Monday, April 13, 20156:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Maranatha Church – 4222 NE 12th Ave, Portland