Trayvon Martini Biography
Trayvon Martin (Trayvon Martin Benjamin) is an African American teenager from Miami Gardens, Florida, who was fatally shot in Sanford, Florida by ‘George Zimmerman’. He had with his father on a visit to his father’s fiancee at her townhouse, in The Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford. on 26th February, as he was walking alone from his father fiancée’s house after purchasing a bag of Skittles and an Arizona iced tea, at a nearby convenience store. Zimmerman, (member of the community watch) saw Martin and reported him to the Sanford Police as suspicious. After few minutes squabble between the two individuals took place and Zimmerman fatally shot Martin in the chest.
Zimmerman, who was also injured during the encounter, claimed self-defense in the conflict and was not charged at the time. The police said there was no evidence to (refute) his claim of self-defense, and that Florida’s stand your ground law prohibited law-enforcement officials from arresting or charging him. After national media focused on the tragedy, Zimmerman was eventually charged and tried in Martin’s death. A jury (acquitted) him of second-degree murder and manslaughter.
Trayvon Martin Birthday
He was born on 5th February 1995. He died in 2012 at the age of 12.
Trayvon Martin Education
He studied at both Norland Middle School and Highland Oaks Middle School, in north Miami-Dade County, Florida. He later went to Miami Carol City High School in Miami Gardens for his freshman and sophomore years. He died when he was still a student at Dr. Michael M. Krop High School in north Miami-Dade.
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Trayvon Martin After Death
Following the death, rallies, marches, and protests were held across the nation. In March 2012, hundreds of students at his high school held a walkout in support of him. An online petition calling for a full investigation and prosecution of Zimmerman gathered 2.2 million signatures. Also in March, the media coverage surrounding Martin’s death became the first story of 2012 to be featured more than the presidential race, which was underway at the time. A national debate about racial profiling and ‘stand your ground’ laws ensued. The governor of Florida appointed a task force to examine the state’s self-defense laws. Martin’s life was scrutinized by the media and bloggers. The name Trayvon was tweeted more than two million times in the 30 days following the shooting. More than 1,000 people attended the viewing of his remains the day before his funeral, which was held on3rd march 2012 in Miami, Florida. Martin was buried in Dade-Memorial Park, Miami. A memorial was dedicated to Martin at the Goldsboro Westside Historical Museum, a black history museum in Sanford in July.
Trayvon Martin Parents | Trayvon Martin
The victim was born and raised by his two parents Tracy Martin (Father) and Sybrina Fulton (mother). She also had siblings namely: Demetrius Martin, Jahavaris Fulton and Takira Martin respectively. His parents in an interview with ” USA TODAY’s Capital Download“. They tell Susan page (Washington Bureau Chief)
that they are concerned President Trump will reverse the nation’s recent progress on racial justice. They are not convinced much progress has been made on racial justice since the Trayvon (their son) was killed five years ago in a shooting that helped fuel the Black Lives Matter movement, but they say at least his death reignited a national conversation about it.
Now they fear President Trump will reverse whatever has been accomplished. Both are considering running for political office to “be part of the change” they say the nation needs.
“Since Trayvon’s death, we saw how divided the country is on these issues and we saw how the country can come together,” Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s father, told Capital Download. “You have those that are for uniting the country and you have those that want to be apart. And what this new presidency does, it takes those that want to be apart and it puts them right in the position where they can say, ‘We’ll change the laws, and we’ll make it tougher.’”
He worries that the new administration will make it easier for law enforcement officials and citizens to justify violence against minorities on the grounds they felt their safety was imperiled. At his trial for shooting Trayvon, George Zimmerman argued he felt threatened by the 17-year-old, whom he had followed in his car and then on foot.
In their new book, Rest in Power, being published Tuesday by Siegel and Grau, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin testify in alternating chapters how an explosive national controversy unfolded in their lives, from the shooting in 2012 to the protests in the street to the trial of his killer. The 331-page book ends with Zimmerman’s acquittal in 2013 on charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter.
Parent says ‘s that they are considering running for office, an idea they would have found laughable five years ago — “before our life got interrupted,” as she put it.
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“Before I was just comfortable with my average life, but now I feel like I’m just obligated to be part of the change,” Fulton said. “The only way we can be part of the change is if we start with local government and we work our way up.”
How far up?
“It could go all the way to the White House,” she declared, though it would begin with a bid for, say, city or county commission.
“There’s no limitations,” Martin agreed. “I think once you embark on a journey, you don’t minimize your goal; you want to maximize your goals. So you start on the local level and then you work your way up and hopefully it will take us to a place where we can help more than just local, more than just state. National. That would be the focus.
Trayvon Martin Girlfriend
Rachel Jeante was her his girlfriend, She was the last person Martin Talked with through phone call before the shoot. Rachel in an interview said that “He kept complaining that a man was just watching him.” The lady is 19 years old as for 2018.
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Trayvon Martin Shooting
On 26/02/2012, Zimmerman observed him as he returned to the Twin Lakes housing community, after having walked to a nearby convenience store. At that time, Zimmerman was driving through the neighborhood on a personal errand.
At around 7:09 p.m. Zimmerman called the Sanford police “non-emergency number” to report a suspicious person in the Twin Lakes community.He said, “We’ve had some break-ins in my neighborhood, and there’s a real suspicious guy.” He went on explaining “just walking around looking about” in the rain and said, “This guy looks like he is up to no good or he is on drugs or something.”Zimmerman reported that the person had his hand in his waistband and was walking around looking at homes. He also added that Martin was wearing a “dark hoodie, like a grey hoodie.” On the recording, he was heard saying, “these assholes, they always get away.”
About two minutes into the call, Zimmerman said, “he’s running”. The dispatcher asked, “He’s running? Which way is he running?” Noises on the tape have been interpreted by some media outlets as the sound of a car door chime, possibly indicating Zimmerman opened his car door. Zimmerman followed Martin, eventually losing sight of him. The dispatcher asked Zimmerman if he was following him. When he answered, “yeah”, the dispatcher said, “We don’t need you to do that.” Zimmerman responded, “Okay.” he asked that police call him upon their arrival so he could provide his location. He ended the call at 7:15 p.m. Immediate After that a violent encounter took place between him and Martin. The violent ended with Zimmerman fatally shooting Martin 70 yards (65 m) from the rear door of the townhouse where Martin was staying.
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George Zimmerman who murdered Trayvon Martin
George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch crime captain who shot dead 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, originally told police in a written statement that Martin knocked him down with a punch to the nose, repeatedly slammed his head on the ground and tried to take his gun, a police source told ABC News.
Zimmerman had claimed he had called police about Martin, whom he found suspicious, then went back to his car when Martin attacked him, punching him.
The new information is the most complete version yet of what Zimmerman claims happened on the night of Feb. 26 when he shot and killed the teenager.
In addition, an eyewitness, 13-year-old Austin Brown, told police he saw a man fitting Zimmerman’s description lying on the grass moaning and crying for help just seconds before he heard the gunshot that killed Martin.
The initial police report noted that Zimmerman was bleeding from the back of the head and nose, and after medical attention, it was decided that he was in good enough condition to travel in a police cruiser to the Sanford, Fla., police station for questioning. He was not arrested.
Martin’s girlfriend had said in a recording obtained exclusively by ABC News that she heard Martin ask Zimmerman “why are you following me, and then the man asked, what are you doing around here.” She then heard a scuffle break out and the line went dead.
Phone records obtained by ABC News show that the girl, who is 16 and asked to remain anonymous, called Martin at 7:12 p.m., five minutes before police arrived, and remained on the phone with Martin until moments before he was shot.
ABC News has also learned that Martin was staying in Sanford at the time because he’d been suspended from Krop High School in Miami after school officials found him with a baggy that they suspected contained marijuana. He was staying at his father’s fiance’s house in Sanford.
Family spokesperson Ryan Julison confirmed to ABC News that Martin was suspended for an “empty baggy that had contained pot.”
“It’s irrelevant to what happened on Feb. 26, does not change material facts of the situation, specifically, that had George Zimmerman not left his vehicle and heeded the police dispatcher’s guidance, we wouldn’t be here today,” Julison said.
During Zimmerman’s call to 911, the dispatcher asked him if he was following the teen. When Zimmerman replied that he was, the dispatcher said, “We don’t need you to do that.”
Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, said at a news conference today, “All I’ve got to say is they killed my son, and now they’re trying to kill his reputation.”
The new information threatens to heighten tensions in the emotionally charged case. Sanford’s Mayor Jeff Triplett told ABC News that “the city today is a tinder box.”
“This city is a glass house, and making matters worse the civic center has a lot of glass,” he said referring to a town hall meeting slated for 5 p.m. where family and residents will be airing grievances about the Martin shooting.
In addition, the Rev. Al Sharpton said today that he and other protesters intend to “occupy” Sanford on Easter weekend and pray that the city arrests Zimmerman.
The details of Zimmerman’s early account of the confrontation could complicate pressing charges against him, which one veteran prosecutor has already said could be difficult.
“The stand-your-ground law is one portion of justifiable use of deadly force,” veteran State Attorney Angela Corey told ABC News. “And what that means is that the state must go forward and be able to prove it’s the case beyond a reasonable doubt… So it makes the case in general more difficult than a normal criminal case.”
Zimmerman shot Martin dead the night of Feb. 26 after following him for several minutes. Zimmerman told police Martin looked suspicious because he was wearing a hoodie, and when he confronted him the two fought — ultimately resulting in a single bullet in Martin’s chest.
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Zimmerman claimed self-defense and this weekend the lawyer counseling him, Craig Sonner, told ABC News that he was likely to invoke Florida’s controversial stand-your-ground law in his defense.
The law affords people enormous leeway to use deadly force if they feel their life is seriously endangered. Sonner said Zimmerman felt “one of them was going to die that night,” when he pulled the trigger.
Corey, a veteran prosecutor known for her zealous defense of victims rights was hand-picked by Florida Gov. Rick Scott for the job. But she faces other challenges in the case.
While in life Trayvon Martin was barely 17 when it comes to justifiable homicide his size — about 6-foot-3 and 150 pounds — makes him an adult in death.
Zimmerman, 28, is 5-foot-9 and weighs well over 200 pounds.
But with the Department of Justice and the FBI investigating this case as a possible hate crime, Corey might want to pursue that as well.
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“So it would depend on which charge if any were able to file,” she said. “Before we would be able to determine, one, if this is a hate crime, and two, whether or not that would enhance the crime.”
Corey’s team is now reinvestigating a case that the Sanford Police Department is accused of bungling. Possible police missteps include failing to administer a toxicology exam on Zimmerman, not impounding his car, and failing to contact key witnesses — like Martin’s girlfriend, who was talking to the teen by cell phone and heard most of the scuffle with Zimmerman unfold.
ABC News has learned there is tremendous pressure from local and state authorities for an arrest.
Corey said parts of the investigation might only take a few more days to complete but charges if they ever come, could be weeks away.