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Teen’s family: Son wasn’t shot in self-defense



Published: Sun, March 18, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press

SANFORD, Fla.

Calls made to police show that a black teenager was terrified as he tried to get away from the white neighborhood-watch volunteer who shot him and that the volunteer was not defending himself as he has claimed, the teen’s family told The Associated Press on Saturday.

Sanford police released eight 911 calls late Friday. The neighborhood-watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, tells a dispatcher in the first call that he is following 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. He says Martin is running, but the dispatcher tells him not to follow the teen.

“How can you claim self-defense and you are the aggressor?” Tracy Martin, Trayvon Martin’s father, told the AP on Saturday.

Zimmerman had called police to report a suspicious person walking through the gated community. He has said he shot the teen in self-defense. Zimmerman’s father said in a letter to The Orlando Sentinel that his son, who is Hispanic, has been cruelly and unfairly portrayed in the media as a racist.

The teen had gone to a convenience store to buy candy and was walking back to his family’s home in the neighborhood.

“This guy looks like he is up to no good. He is on drugs or something,” Zimmerman told the dispatcher from his SUV. He added that the black teen had his hand in his waistband and was walking around looking at homes.

“These a-------. They always get away,” Zimmerman said on a 911 call.

He has said he acted in self-defense, but Martin’s family said they now are more convinced than ever that Zimmerman should be charged in the shooting. Several of the 911 calls made by neighbors describe some sort of scuffle or fight outside, someone yelling for help and a gunshot.

“[Zimmerman] was chasing him; he was following him, and my son was afraid,” Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother, told the AP. “He didn’t know who this stranger was.”

Tracy Martin said the calls paint a stark picture of what were his son’s final moments.

“He was yelling for help, and no one could help him. He saw his life being taken away from him,” Tracy Martin said.

The case has been turned over to the State Attorney’s Office, which can decide whether to file charges or present evidence to a grand jury.

Trayvon Martin’s family said they will continue pushing for charges to be filed against Zimmerman.

“We’re hoping this doesn’t happen again to another family, and that America opens their eyes ... even though this won’t bring Trayvon back, we don’t want there to be another Trayvon,” Tracy Martin said.


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1foxyglo(372 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

PEOPLE THAT FEEL THAT THEY HAVE THE UPPER HAND ALWAYS DO WRONG

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2tonne(199 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Why was this neighborhood watch person carrying a weapon and why did he not back off when the 911 dispatcher told him to? If he wasn't looking to kill someone, what was he doing? A young man is dead and for what? A candy bar? Not a racist and cruelly and unfairly portrayed as one in the media? Yeah, right.

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3redeye1(4629 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

As i read this artricle "It states someone was calling for help , but it doesn't say who. If they were fighting then the guy has a right to defend himself. We are hearing the one side of the story. If the man just up and shot him then he should be charged. But until I hear his side , I will not convict him Also, amazing to me is that all the kids are so good when something like this happens. The parents weren't there, so what they are saying is their opinions only. I just hope the truth does come out..

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4tonne(199 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

redeye -- One would think people could tell the difference between a teenager's voice calling for help and that of an adult. I remember what my sons sounded like at seventeen and their voices were nothing like an adult male's.

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5Traveler(606 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

A man defending his neighborhood shot a hoodlum and now is going to be harassed by our government instead of getting a medal.
My grandfather told me before he died it to late to change thing but to early to go around shooting idiots. I cant help but think cant be much longer.

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