Few Answers in Trayvon Martin Murder Investigation


The murder of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teen killed by a Hispanic man who now claims self-defense, has taken the country by storm. Martin’s parents believe that the authorities will do a thorough investigation and hold to the hope that justice will be served in the case, but so far there are few answers.

Martin, only 17 years old, was shot and killed on February 26, 2012 by George Zimmerman. Zimmerman, who is a neighborhood watch volunteer, shot the black teen as he walked to his father’s fiancée’s house in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman had contacted police to report suspicious teen, who was wearing a black hoodie. Though Zimmerman was instructed not to continue to follow Martin, he did so anyway, resulting in the death of teen.

The killing falls under the controversial Florida Law allowing for the use of deadly force when a person feels reasonable fear of death or serious injury. The truth of the case is still being determined; there are conflicting accounts by ear-witnesses and Zimmerman, and until authorities find all who may have heard the murder, the truth may not be known.

With the awakened awareness of racial profiling and racism roused by the Martin killing, marches and rallies have been held across the United States in support of ending such behavior. The hoodie, like the one worn by Martin at the time of his death, has become a symbol backing the movement to end senseless violence caused by racism.

On Friday, March 30, CNN will be airing a special surrounding the murder, called “Beyond Trayvon: Race and Justice in America.”

Source: CNN