The fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman took place on the night of February 26, 2012, in Sanford, Florida, United States. Martin was a 17-year-old African American high school student. George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old mixed-race Hispanic, was the neighborhood watch coordinator for the gated community where Martin was temporarily staying and where the shooting took place. Following an earlier call from Zimmerman, police arrived within two minutes of a gunshot during a scuffle, in which Zimmerman had fatally shot Martin. Zimmerman was taken into custody, treated for head injuries, then questioned for five hours. The police chief said that Zimmerman was released for lack of evidence and lack of legal grounds for arrest, and that Zimmerman had a right to defend himself with lethal force. However, six weeks later, amidst what some have described as a “media circus“ atmosphere with some misleading reporting, Zimmerman was charged with murder by a special prosecutor appointed by Governor Rick Scott.
Map of Sanford, Florida
|Date||February 26, 2012|
|Time||7:09 PM EST (start)
7:16 PM (gunshot on 911 call)
7:17 PM (police car arrives)
7:30 PM (Martin declared dead)
|Location||The Retreat at Twin Lakes
in Sanford, Florida, U.S.
(See aerial views of points of interest.)
|Coordinates||28.79295°N 81.32965°WCoordinates: 28.79295°N 81.32965°W|
|Participants||George Zimmerman (shooter)|
|Injuries||Fractured nose, lacerations to the back of the head. (Zimmerman)|
Trayvon Martin in an undated photo
|Born||Trayvon Benjamin Martin
February 5, 1995
Miami Gardens, Florida, U.S.
|Died||February 26, 2012 (aged 17)
Sanford, Florida, U.S.
|Cause of death||Single gunshot fired at intermediate range (1–18 inches)|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||158 pounds (72 kg)[Note 1]|
Trayvon Benjamin Martin (February 5, 1995 – February 26, 2012) was the son of Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, who were divorced in 1999. He was a junior at Dr. Michael M. Krop High School and lived with his mother and older brother in Miami Gardens, Florida. Trayvon’s English teacher, Michelle Kypriss, described him as an A and B student who majored in cheerfulness.
On the day Martin was fatally shot, he and his father were visiting his father’s fiancée and her son at her townhome in The Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford, a multi-ethnic gated community, where the shooting occurred. Martin had visited his father’s fiancée at Twin Lakes several times.
Martin had been suspended from school at the time of his death. He had been suspended twice before. One suspension was for tardiness andtruancy. Another suspension in October 2011 was for graffiti, when Martin was observed by a security camera in a restricted area of the school marking up a door with “W.T.F.“ When he was later searched by a Miami-Dade School Police Department officer, looking for the graffiti marker, the officer found a dozen pieces of women’s jewelry and a watch in his backpack, which Martin said a friend had given to him. A screwdriver was also found, which was described by the school police investigator as a burglary tool. The jewelry was impounded and given to the police. Martin’s third suspension involved a marijuana pipe and an empty bag containing marijuana residue. Martin was not charged with any crime related to these incidents and did not have a juvenile record. Judge Debra Nelson ruled that the defense could have access to Martin’s records, including the details of the suspensions, as well as access to Martin’s social media sites, but ruled that none of the information would be admissible as evidence during the trial unless it could be shown to be relevant.
George Zimmerman mugshot
|Born||George Michael Zimmerman
October 5, 1983 (age 29)
Manassas, Virginia, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||185 pounds (84 kg)[Note 2]|
|Criminal charge||Second-degree murder|
|Criminal status||Not guilty|
George Michael Zimmerman was born on October 5, 1983, in Manassas, Virginia, and is the son of Gladys (née Mesa) Zimmerman, who was born in Peru, and Robert Zimmerman, Sr., a retired Virginia magistrate. He was raised as a Catholic, in a family that his father has described as “multiracial”; his father is a White American of German descent and his mother is Peruvian with some black ancestry through herAfro-Peruvian maternal grandfather.[Note 3] Zimmerman’s voter registration record lists him as Hispanic and a registered Democrat. Continue reading