Who is Trayvon Martin?
Before February 26th Trayvon Martin was a kid with hopes, dreams and a promising future. Today, Trayvon Martin is a son who is mourned and a memory of all who love him.
It’s hard to believe in this day and age these kinds of things are still happening but it’s an undeniable fact that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later.
Here is Trayvon Martin’s story as told by Change.org .
Heartbreaking tragedy: 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was visiting a relative’s house in a Florida gated community when he walked to the store to get Skittles and iced tea for his little brother. He never made it home. Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by a self-styled neighborhood watch leader, who told police he thought Trayvon was “suspicious” in the mostly-white community.Unbelievable twist: A man named George Zimmerman allegedly admitted to police that he shot Trayvon Martin in the chest. Zimmerman claims he acted in self defense, even though police allegedly told him not to do anything until they arrived — and despite the fact that Trayvon was unarmed, carrying only a bag of Skittles when he died. In the two weeks since Zimmerman allegedly killed Trayvon, police have refused to arrest the confessed killer.
Hope for justice: Sybrina Fulton is Trayvon’s mother, and she’s leading a campaign on Change.org to get justice for her son. Tracy knows that if enough people raise an outcry, Sanford, Florida authorities will be forced to investigate Zimmerman the same way they would investigate any confessed killer.Sign Sybrina’s petition calling on the authorities in Florida to charge George Zimmerman for the killing of Trayvon Martin and try him before a jury of his peers.———
Here’s a lot more info about Sybrina’s campaign, in her own words:
On February 26, my son Trayvon Martin was shot and killed as he walked back from a convenience store where he had just bought some candy. He was only 17 years old.
Trayvon’s killer, George Zimmerman, admitted to police that he shot Trayvon in the chest. Zimmerman, the community’s self appointed “neighborhood watch leader,” called the police to report a suspicious person when he saw Trayvon, a young black man, walking from the store. But Zimmerman, who is white, still hasn’t been charged for killing my son.
Trayvon was my hero. At the age of 9, Trayvon pulled his father from a burning kitchen, saving his life. He loved sports and horseback riding. At only 17 he had a bright future ahead of him with dreams of attending college and becoming an aviation mechanic. Now that’s all gone.
When Zimmerman reported Trayvon to the police, they told him not to confront him. But he did anyway. All I know about what happened next is that my 17 year-old son, who was completely unarmed, was shot and killed.
I don’t know if my family will ever receive justice for this terrible tragedy. It’s been nearly two weeks and the Sanford Police have refused to arrest George Zimmerman. In their public statements, they even go so far as to stand up for the killer – saying he’s “a college grad” who took a class in criminal justice.
Please join me in calling on the the Sanford Police Department and Florida State’s Attorney Norman Wolfinger to investigate my son’s death and prosecute George Zimmerman for the shooting and killing of Trayvon Martin.
How do you in your right mind shoot to kill an unarmed kid who “looked suspicious”? If you’re on a neighborhood watch the rules are to contact the police if you see suspicious activity not act like a vigilante and shoot to kill. How would you feel if Trayvon Martin was your child? The man who shot this child should have been held accountable for his actions, he should go through a trial and let the court and a jury of his peers decide his guilt or innocence but instead this murder is simply excused as a mistake. Where is the justice in that?
God help us all, especially the loved ones of Trayvon Martin !
Please comment and leave your thoughts on this subject. It’s okay if we disagree as long as we are not disagreeable so please be kind in your comments even if you have an opposing view. If you do agree, please sign the petition and share his story.
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