Today marks the three year commemoration of Trayvon Martin’s death during halftime of the NBA All Star Game
Trayvon Martin lost his life three years ago today. A 17 year old African American boy walking in a gated community from the store, after buying Skittles and an Arizona ice tea, where he was visiting his father at the time. He was then shot and killed by 28 year old George Zimmerman. Zimmerman was the neighborhood watch coordinator for the community, and alerted the police of suspicious activity.
Revolt TV put this video together in rememberance of Trayvon:
The son of Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon was walking through Twin Lakes housing community when Zimmerman made the call to police reporting a suspicious person in the community. Zimmerman told the police,
This guy looks like he is up to no good or he is on drugs or something.”
Once Zimmerman got off the phone with the dispatcher a physical altercation took place between Martin and himself; one that ended just 70 yards from the back door of the home Trayvon was staying at when Zimmerman fatally shot him.
Below is the full audio of George Zimmerman’s call to the Sanford Police Department non- emergency number dispatch:
Hey, we’ve had some break-ins in my neighborhood, and there’s a real suspicious guy, uh, [near] Retreat View Circle. Um, the best address I can give you is 111 Retreat View Circle. This guy looks like he’s up to no good, or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.
Two days ago it was announced by The Justice Department that Zimmerman will not be charged with federal civil rights violations. Attorney General Eric Holder stated the evidence didn’t meet the “high standard for a federal hate crime prosecution,” he also stated,
This young man’s premature death necessitates that we continue the dialogue and be unafraid of confronting the issues and tensions his passing brought to the surface. We, as a nation, must take concrete steps to ensure that such incidents do not occur in the future.”
February 15, 2015 marked the third annual rememberance dinner for Trayvon, held at the DoubleTree Miami Airport Hotel; proceeds went to the Trayvon Martin Foundation. The foundation was established by Martin’s parents, according to the foundation’s website it’s purpose is to create awareness of how violent crime impacts the families of the victims, and to provide support and advocacy for those families in response to the murder of Trayvon Martin. The website has information on knowing your rights, national statistics, positive numbers about young black men. To make a donation visit: www.TrayvonMartinFoundation.org
TheSource.com remembers Trayvon with this video of President Obama speaking on the issue of his death.
R.I.P Trayvon Martin.