On February 26, 2012, a 17-year-old African-American boy named Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Sanford, Florida. His confessed killer remains free and licensed to carry a concealed weapon. “These a**holes always get away”, that’s what the man who killed Trayvon said to the 911 dispatcher he called while stalking Trayvon from his vehicle. According to neighbors the man was fixated on crime and young black males.
Trayvon’s English teacher described him as “an A and B student who majored in cheerfulness.”
Disgust, horror, grief, regret, rage, no word seems big enough to describe how this undoes me.
The Miami Herald reported that police ignored witness whose account was different from the man’s, “One of the witnesses who heard the crying said she called a detective repeatedly, but said he was not interested because her account differed from Zimmerman’s.” ABC news reported that the officer in charge of the crime scene “corrected” a key witness and just prior to killing Martin, Zimmerman may have used a racial slur. The police admit they initially overlooked the remark.
Martin Luther King said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Trayvon Martin mattered.
This is how I am used my voice.
I called, and will continue to call, State's Attorney Norman Wolfinger office (407) 665-6000 until the man who killed Trayvon is taken into custody.
I called the United States Department Of Justice (202) 514-2000 and demanded that they investigate the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
I pray every day that the man who killed an innocent boy, because he "looked suspicious" is arrested, prosecuted and found guilty.
Trayvon Martin was killed on February 26th while returning to his dad's fianceé's house after a trip to a local convenience store. In a call to his girlfriend, a short time before his death, he told her he put his hood up because the man was watching him. It was raining and he was carrying a bag of skittles and a can of iced tea.