Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African-American youth, was shot in the
chest and killed at point-blank range by a vigilante on Feb. 26 in
Sanford, Fla. Martin was unarmed as he was returning from a store when
his young life was tragically cut short. The man who shot him, George
Zimmerman — who lived in a gated community — has not been arrested
as of this writing.
The 911 tapes of the exchange between the two, including the shot
that killed Martin, have been released to the public. On these tapes,
Martin can be heard pleading for his life before Zimmerman pulls the
In 2005, Florida passed the “Stand Your Ground” law, which allows
citizens to use deadly force if they “feel” threatened with injury
or death, which Zimmerman has used to claim “self-defense.” But
other evidence has come forth disproving Zimmerman’s claim that he
shot Martin in self-defense, along with the fact that on the 911 call,
he was asked not to pursue the teenager.