Don’t ask. Demand justice for 17 year old Trayvon Martin’s family

17 year old Trayvon Martin was walking to a family member’s house when he was shot in the chest and killed – his mother later heard his screams for help during the 911 call. Oh I forgot to mention that Trayvor was black and his shooter reportedly claimed he was ‘suspicious looking’ so without warning he opened fire, hurling two bullets into young Trayvor’s chest.

The young victim was armed….with a pack of Skittles candy.

Look. Is he suspicious looking to you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Martin family needs your help. They aren’t asking for any special treatment. The Martins want the law to act like the damned law so justice can prevail. This won’t bring their son back, but at least some closure will help. They’re almost at their 500,000 signature goal. 

This is the story of their tragic loss. 

On February 26, our son Trayvon Martin was shot and killed as he walked to a family member’s home 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 Travyon, a young black man, walking from the store. But Zimmerman still hasn’t been charged for murdering our son.

Trayvon was our hero. At the age 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 we know about what happened next is that our 17 year-old son, who was completely unarmed, was shot and killed.

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.

Living in New York City, if I shot everyone I found suspicious looking, half the city would be dead and this child would not be one of my victims.

Please sign here. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1334899019 Wanda Berthold

    This was a real tragedy. You can look at this kid and see that he was good. Why don’t they use tazers instead of guns that kill. I saw this story on tv and i think this whole case is very unjust. I do not believe that this boy was a danger.He did not have the gun.,but the officer did and he made a very bad judgement call on this.. I feel so bad for his parents ,who will never get over this.If a tazer had been used instead of a gun this boy would still be alive.

    • http://twitter.com/Anomaly100 Anomaly One Hundred

      The shooter wasn’t even a cop. He was the neighborhood watch. Imagine. And the more you dive into this story, the murkier it gets. The kid, from what I gather did nothing wrong.

  • Carol Gil

    I saw this story on Rev. Al Sharpton’s show. I am appalled that it has been swept under the rug.

  • Ghost_Dog

    Even if we remove all racist overtones from this case, we have a member of a Neighborhood Watch making an official contact with law enforcement and then DISREGARDING their orders not to intervene. This gentlemen disobeyed those instructions and engaged this young man. Those are the facts. It is also a fact that Zimmerman was an armed private citizen, engaging an unarmed juvenile on public property.

    I’d say this is a pretty clear case of negligent homicide at the very least. The man certainly had the intention of engaging the young man, he broke the law by not following the directions of a police 911 dispatch officer, and he used deadly force against an unarmed person. Now it comes out he has at least one prior – violent offender – assaulting a police officer. Uh oh, there goes the “squeaky clean” record the police initially attributed to the lack of arrest in this case.

    This WILL go to trial. I, for one, hope justice is served.

    • Mrfloopa

      “This WILL go to trial.”

      Maybe once they get around to arresting the kid or pressing charges at all. But that doesn’t look like it is happening at this point.

      • Devin

        According to the Florida police, Zimmerman is not required by any law to follow what the 911 call center person suggested.

        • Jim Strathmeyer

          Actually, the call center person suggested he not commit murder, which is against the law.

        • Jim Strathmeyer

          Actually, the call center person suggested he not commit murder, which is against the law.

        • Itsshroom

          yeah in most states it is only legal to shoot someone if they enter your home, obviously this wasnt in the mans home!

  • Anonymous

    I would like to add something to this. Even though there has yet to be formal prosecution, this should not be taken to mean that the police are sitting back doing nothing. Murder is a non-bailable offense, so the police want to be very sure they have the actual perpetrator before they make an arrest. I hope that the killer is brought to justice.

    • Eric Josserand

      I’m sorry but that is a stupid comment. There is absolutely no question of whether Zimmerman did it in anyone’s mind because he admitted to it. Just an ignorant statement.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WDUGHNE6TQAZ2JD3KCMAMZRPB4 Astro-Z

      It has been well established that Zimmerman is the killer of Martin. The contention here is whether it’s reasonable to allow a self-defense claim by Zimmerman to absolve him of penalty from killing Martin.

      Given that Z was much bigger than M, M was completely unarmed, and Z pursued M while he was walking on a public sidewalk, not committing any crimes, it is frustrating that the police would accept a claim of self-defense from Z.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WDUGHNE6TQAZ2JD3KCMAMZRPB4 Astro-Z

      It has been well established that Zimmerman is the killer of Martin. The contention here is whether it’s reasonable to allow a self-defense claim by Zimmerman to absolve him of penalty from killing Martin.

      Given that Z was much bigger than M, M was completely unarmed, and Z pursued M while he was walking on a public sidewalk, not committing any crimes, it is frustrating that the police would accept a claim of self-defense from Z.

  • cvframer

    The biblical suggestion of “an eye for an eye” is in order here. Zimmerman needs a bullet in the chest.

  • Fuckyou

    You imply that you have gun rights in NYC. We all know better. Only criminals have guns and citizens cower in fear.

    • Nope

      I’ll add to this. While the shooting is criminal and unfortunate, the case made by this author is illinformed at best. Being from NYC he has no comprehension of gun laws or self defense laws and simply seeks to paint anyone who would defend themselves as ignorant, trigger happy, and lawless.

      • Nope is Nope too Smart

        you’re right, the kid did have a bag of skittles. KILL KILL KILL — that’s what Jesus would do!

  • Fuckyou

    You imply that you have gun rights in NYC. We all know better. Only criminals have guns and citizens cower in fear.

    • Nope

      I’ll add to this. While the shooting is criminal and unfortunate, the case made by this author is illinformed at best. Being from NYC he has no comprehension of gun laws or self defense laws and simply seeks to paint anyone who would defend themselves as ignorant, trigger happy, and lawless.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tammysheartnlove Tammy Wright-johnson

    So unbelievably sad. :(

  • Itsshroom

    I know that unarmed kids can be suspicious, but in my case the kid was wearing a hooded jacket, looked like a burglar and was prowling along the side of my house. I threatened him with my gun and let him run off.
    In this case i dont see how a kid just walking down the street validates any suspicion. Sounds like he was walking in public not on private property.
    I dont know how he was dressed, but i do know its a very popular, however unsafe fashion trend right now that all kids wear hooded jackets with their hoods up. Which is pretty stereotypical of burglars and robbers. That however does not validate shooting someone by itself. If you shot all the kids that looked like wannabee gangbangers or criminals, all our kids would be dead!

  • Raynikasmith

    this world is crazy i belive he should be in jail …he wass nothing but a watch man the police told him not to do anthing but he took justice in his on hands in took a young boys life he should pay………had race has nothing to do with this he did the wrong thing ….make him pay((((JUSTICE))))))

  • Raynikasmith

    HE SHOLD BE IN JAIL THIS HAS ME SOOOOO.MAD ….JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lauren-Cola/100002391865420 Lauren Cola

    Zimmerman needs to be investigated and tried before a court of law!!! Please sign our petition to help us keep up the pressure on this issue:

    http://www.broadcause.com/campaigns/campaign.php?id=41