Trayvon Martin shooting, Feb. 26
He was one teenager shot dead in a country where more than 12,000 people are killed by gun violence every year. But the death of African-American Trayvon Martin in Sandford, Fla., made headlines around the world.
Trayvon, 17, was walking to his father’s house in a gated community carrying a packet of Skittles and a bottle of iced tea. Neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman saw him, called police to report a possible prowler, and then followed him with a gun. What happened next on that evening of Feb. 26 is now before the courts.
Zimmerman told police there was a fight, and he shot Martin in self defence. Police ascertained that was enough, and didn’t press charges. But Martin’s parents said their son was unarmed, and posed no threat to another person. A month after the incident, with still no charges laid, Martin’s parents began fighting for an investigation.
Their fight led to national rallies, comments from U.S. president Barack Obama, debates over the wearing of ‘hoodies’, calls for changes to the personal-defense laws, and finally the opening of an investigation.
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