Fri, Mar 23, 2012 12:44 PM EDT

Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum both commented on the Trayvon Martin case Friday, shortly after President Obama weighed in, [BuzzFeed is reporting. ](http://www.buzzfeed.com/mckaycoppins/romney-santorum-comment-on-trayvon-...) In a statement, Romney said: "What happened to Trayvon Martin is a tragedy. There needs to be a thorough investigation that reassures the public that justice is carried out with impartiality and integrity." Santorum has slightly tougher words. "It's a horrible case, and it's chilling to hear what happened," Santorum said. "And of course the fact that law enforcement didn't immediately go after and prosecute this case is another chilling example of horrible decisions made by people in this process." He continued: "I think it's pretty clear the problems we're seeing in this case, and hopefully the state Attorney General and local community is reacting and responding, and hopefully this matter will be an example of what law enforcement has to do in a case like this." Romney had previously ignored reporters when asked about Martin's case.