Trayvon MartinTrayvon 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.

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  • Wong Chia Chi

    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.”

    I don’t believe for a second that a seventeen year old boy, going out to get a snack for his little brother, would just randomly decide to a attack a grown man in the middle of the night.

    I just don’t believe that.

    The holes in this guys story will be more obvious at a trial. But since this is the state of Florida, the same country that didn’t convict the obviously guilty Casey Anthony.

    • Wong Chia Chi

      I don’t have very much hope.

  • I wish they would speed this up.

  • Anthony

    The saddest thing about the this other than Trayvon’s actual death is that so many were willing to paint a kid with no criminal reord as a “thug” (a word that has turned into a substitute for N—-R.) The people who disparage this kid almost all have done more dirt than this child ever had a chance to do.

    I know that it is wrong to prejudge a trial, but if this ends without Zimmerman guilty and in prison, justice was not done.

    I was also disgusted when I heard some Florida authority stress the need for a “non-violent” response from Black Youth if the verdict is not what they want. If non-violence is so desirable, why on earth does Florida have a stand your ground law? SYG suggests a culture that privileges violent responses to problems as far as I can tell.

  • When I see a picture of Trayvon, it literally and physical makes me hurt. To take the life of anyone is tragic, but the taking of his life seems as if it were some kind of hatred that led to his death. I am not sure that justice will prevail on the side of Trayvon and his family. Justice sometimes eludes people of color. I am praying that God will one day soon handle this tragedy the way it needs to be handled.