Trayvon Martin inhaled his final breath at 7:25 p.m. on February 26, 2012. The hoodie-draped teenager was walking back to his father’s house after purchasing Skittles and an Arizona iced tea at a Sanford, Fl. convenience store. George Zimmerman, a volunteer neighborhood watchman, followed Martin, suspicious of the lanky teenager’s presence in their gated community. A fight ensued. A bullet was unleashed. Martin died at the scene.
His grieving parents fought tirelessly alongside social justice advocates including Rev. Al Sharpton to pressure Sanford into arresting and charging Zimmerman with murder. Their work was rewarded on April 11, 2012, when special prosecutor Angela Corey charged him with second-degree murder. It’s been a rollercoaster for the Martins, but their pursuit of justice for their son continues.
We are still grieving Trayvon Martin’s tragic death, but the media is not reflecting this constant mourning. After the initial outrage and the termination of Sanford’s police chief, common interest in the case has swiftly declined with the exception of minor headlines when his killer, George Zimmerman, appears in court. Despite the media’s shift to other pressing issues, the Zimmerman case proceeds.
Some of the latest updates include:
- Sanford, Fl. has hired a black police chief, Cecil Smith, to take the reins from Bill Lee. He will assume the position April 1st.
- Zimmerman has invoked “Stand Your Ground,” a controversial Florida statute that allows shooters to claim self-defense if danger is imminent. He will face the judge for that hearing on April 22nd.
- Zimmerman has spent more than $300,000 in donations to assist with his defense. The Orlando Sentinel reports he might ask the courts to declare him indigent, which would place his legal costs on the public.
- The official trial date is June 10th.
- Michael Knox, a retired detective and crime scene investigator, has new forensic evidence that “casts doubt on Zimmerman’s timeline.” According to Knox, “based on the times and distances Zimmerman said he covered, Zimmerman would have still been on the phone with Sanford police when he claims he was attacked by Martin.”
- Celebrities have continued showing their supports for the Martins. Jamie Foxx appeared with the family in Miami to participate in a Day of Remembrance Peace Walk.
Since Trayvon’s death, thousands have faced barrels of guns and lost their lives. This list includes Jordan Russell, 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook and Hadiya Pendleton. But we remember Trayvon Martin today.
Trayvon, your death was not in vain. You are missed, loved and remembered.