March 20th, 2012
01:42 PM ET

911 calls paint picture of chaos after Florida teen is shot

The death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teen who was shot while walking in his neighborhood in Sanford, Florida, has sparked allegations of racial profiling and calls for the gunman to be charged.

Federal prosecutors and the FBI will investigate the incident.

George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who has acknowledged shooting Martin, has not been charged and says it was self-defense.

Martin, 17, was killed while walking to his father's fiancee's house in Sanford from a nearby convenience store.

Zimmerman first called police at 7:09 p.m. ET with concerns about a suspicious teen in the area, according to 911 tapes released by the Seminole County Sheriff's Department.

A 16-year-old girl who was on the phone with Martin most of the day last spoke to him around the time the incident allegedly began and lasted until 7:16 p.m. ET, when the call dropped. Almost immediately, 911 calls began coming in.  Police arrived on the scene at 7:17 p.m.

Several witnesses called 911 at 7:16, 7:17, 7:18 and 7:19 p.m. ET.

Below are the transcripts of the calls as Zimmerman and witnesses describe what they saw and heard that night:

7:09 p.m. ET

Dispatcher: "Do you need police, fire or medical?"

Zimmerman: "We had some break-ins in our neighborhood ... and there is a real suspicious guy. ... This guy looks like he's up to no good, he's on drugs or something. It's raining, and he's walking around looking about. "

Dispatcher: "Is this guy white, black, Hispanic?"

Zimmerman: "He looks black."

Dispatcher: "Did you see what he's wearing?"

Zimmerman: "A dark hoodie, grey hoodie, jeans or sweatpants or white shoes. He's walking around staring at the houses. Now he's just staring at me."

Dispatcher: "Location?"

Zimmerman: "He's near the clubhouse right now. Now he's coming towards me. He has his hands in his waistband. He is a black male. Something's wrong with him. Yep. He's coming to check me out. He's got something in his hands. I don't know what his deal is. Send officers over here."

Dispatcher: "Let me know if he does anything else."

Zimmerman: "These a**holes, they always get away. When you come in go straight to the left ... when you pass the clubhouse ..."

Dispatcher: "Clubhouse?"

Zimmerman: "Go straight in. Oh, s***. He's running ... down towards the other entrance of neighborhood."

Dispatcher: "He's running? Which way is he running?"

Zimmerman: "Down towards the other entrance to the neighborhood."

Dispatcher: "Which entrance is that, that he is running towards?

Zimmerman: "The back entrance."

[inaudible]

Dispatcher: "Are you following him?"

Zimmerman: "Yeah."

Dispatcher: "OK. We don't need you to do that. What's your name?"

Zimmerman: "George. Zimmerman."

Dispatcher: "Do you want to meet with the officer ..."

Zimmerman: "Tell them to come past the clubhouse and make a left then past mailboxes and they will see my truck ..."

Dispatcher: "What's your apartment number?"

Zimmerman: "It's a home. ... I don't want to give that out. I don't know who this kid is."

Dispatcher: "I will let them know where to meet you."

Zimmerman: "Have them call me, and I will let you know where I'm at."

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During part of this time, Martin is on the phone with a 16-year-old girl. Below is an account of the phone call as relayed to In Session's Sunny Hostin by a lawyer for the Martin family:

Martin told the girl someone was following him, and she advised him to run. Martin said he isn't going to run but will walk quickly. Zimmerman caught up with him, and Martin asked Zimmerman why he was following him. Zimmerman then asked Martin his name and why he was there. The girl on the phone says she heard Zimmerman push Martin, and then the call drops. She tried to call Martin back, but he didn't respond.

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7:16 p.m. ET

Dispatcher: "Do you need police, fire or medical?"

Caller: "Maybe both. I'm not sure. There's just someone screaming outside."

Dispatcher: "Is it a male or female?"

Caller: "It sounds like a male."

Dispatcher: "You don't know why?"

Caller: "I don't know why. I think they are yelling 'help,' but I don't know. Just end someone quick, please."

Dispatcher: "Does he look hurt to you?"

Caller: "I can't see him. I don't want to go out there. I don't know what's going on."

Dispatcher: "So you think he's yelling help?"

Caller: "Yes. There's gunshots."

Dispatcher: "How many?"

Caller: "Just one."

[inaudible]

Dispatcher: "Is he right outside?"

Caller: "Yes. Pretty much out the back, yes."

Dispatcher: "Is he in front of it or behind it?"

Caller: "He's behind my house."

Dispatcher: "I don't hear him yelling anymore. Do you hear anything?"

Caller: "No, I don't because I'm hiding upstairs. The gunshot was outside our house. You sent somebody, right?"

Dispatcher: "Do you hear any vehicles leaving or anything else?

Caller: "There's people yelling down there, but I don't want to go down there."

Dispatcher: "People are yelling now?"

Caller: "Yeah."

Dispatcher: "We do have officers on the way. Call us back if you see any vehicles leaving or anything."

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7:16 p.m. ET

Dispatcher: "Police, fire or medical?"

Caller: "There's someone screaming outside."

Dispatcher: "Is that at where you are at?"

Caller: "Oh, my God, there is a gunshot, hurry up."

[inaudible]

Dispatcher: "Do you see anybody? I don't need you to go outside."

Caller: "There is someone screaming. I just heard a gunshot."

Dispatcher: "Do you see anything? I don't need you to go outside. Do you hear screaming or anything?"

Caller: "Hurry up, they are right outside my house."

Dispatcher: "OK, we [have] police and emergency, OK. Are you in Sanford?"

Caller: "I see police now."

Dispatcher: "You see the officer?"

Caller: "Yeah, but like it's behind the house. There is a dead body there. It's not the front entrance. Oh, my God."

Dispatcher: "Please tell me so I can tell them."

Caller: "If you are looking at my house, it's behind by my back porch."

Dispatcher: "Coming from behind your house?"

Caller: "Yes, the back porch."

Dispatcher: "Stay on the line and update me."

Caller: "I just heard screaming and a gunshot."

Dispatcher: "We have an officer there. Did you hear any more gunshots?"

Caller: "No, I don't hear. Hurry up, hurry up."

Dispatcher: "OK, we have officers out there, OK? If anything changes, give us a call back, but we do have officers there. One officer is there."

Caller: "OK, did he see anything?"

Dispatcher: "I'm not sure, ma'am, I just know he is there, and two other officers are on their way, OK? If anything changes or anything more, call us back. As far as you know, it's coming from behind your house near your back-porch area? When you hear screaming, was it screaming of female or male?"

Caller: "Male."

Dispatcher: "So, when you heard screaming, it was a male screaming?"

Caller: "Yes. And the guy on top had a white t-shirt."

Dispatcher: "What do you mean guy on top? Did you see a fight?"

Caller: "I don't know, I just looked out my window, and there was a guy on top wearing a white t-shirt."

Dispatcher: "A white t-shirt. Did you see what kind of pants? He was on top of what?"

Caller: "I couldn't see the person he was on."

Dispatcher: "But he was on top of a person?"

Caller: "Yes."

Dispatcher: "The guy with the white t-shirt, did he get up and run?"

Caller: "I don't know. Went to the phone to call you

Dispatcher: "White, black or Hispanic?"

Caller: "I couldn't tell, it was completely dark."

Dispatcher: "We have several units en route."

Caller: "Thank you."

7:17 p.m. ET

Dispatcher: "Do you need police, fire or medical?"

Caller: "I’m looking out my deck, and someone is screaming 'help,' and I don’t know. … I heard a bang. I’m looking out my window, out my backyard, and someone is yelling and screaming 'help.' "

Dispatcher: "You are not the only person calling. We have more than one officer on the scene and another on the way."

Caller: "Oh, my God. I see the person now. I see him walking. There’s a man coming out and people coming out with flashlights. Oh, my God. I don’t know what he did to this person. I can see there is a man walking out with a flashlight right now."

Dispatcher: "Was it a male or female voice?"

Caller: "The man is up right now. Someone is coming over. I’m glad other people called."

Dispatcher: "We should be out there right now."

Caller: "I can open my window and hear it."

Dispatcher: "You can still hear it?"

Caller: "I don’t know what is happening. Someone is laying on the ground."

Dispatcher: "What’s happening? Someone is on the ground? Someone has been shot? Calm down, stay on the line with me. Like I said, we have an officer on the scene, and we have other officers on the line."

Caller: "Oh, my God. They better hurry up. Someone is on the ground. Oh, my God! I see out my back window, sidewalk, grass, something is really bad. There is a man out here with a flashlight."

Dispatcher: "Is this person laying down in the street?"

Caller: "No, it's from my back window."

Dispatcher: "So is the person laying down in the street or in the grass?"

Caller: "The grass. Oh, my God! I think there is another gentleman with a flashlight. ... I think police. Oh, my God! He shot, he shot the person.He says he shot the person. He said he shot the person."

Dispatcher: "Who saying they shot who?"

Caller: "The people out there, a guy is raising his hands up, he's saying he shot a person. I think it's a police officer that's with him right now. arrest - uh - oh, my God, why - why (inaudible)"

Dispatcher: "Our officer is there, he has somebody at gunpoint. They're going to handle the situation from here."

Caller: "Oh! Oh, my God, somebody would be shot!"

Dispatcher: "It's probably going to be best if you stay inside your home for the time being, OK?"

Caller:" I know. I can't believe somebody's killed. He was saying help. Why didn't someone come out and help him?"

Dispatcher: "Listen, we don't know if they been killed ..."

Caller: "Yes, the person is dead, laying on the ground."

Dispatcher: "Just because he's laying on the ground don't mean he's passed. We have an ambulance on the way, and we are probably going to pick him up and take him to the hospital."

Caller: "I didn't see cause it was too dark, and I just heard people screaming 'help me, help me.' And this person shot him! He was like wrestling with him, you know what I mean, on the ground, from what I can see it was very dark. The man didn't try to run away or anything. I don't want to be a witness or anything. I'm scared. Oh, my god, a young boy, I can't imagine, I haven't seen anyone killed. This is a nice neighborhood. Oh, my God, I'm too scared to live here."

Dispatcher: "You don't have to worry right now. We have many officers on the way. Two officers on scene right now, we are on scene, OK?"

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7:17 p.m. ET

Dispatcher: "Do you need police, fire or medical?"

Caller: "Police. I just heard a shot behind my house. They are wrestling outside the back of my porch."

Dispatcher: "You just heard one shot go off?""

Caller: "It was either that or a rock at the window or something else. The guy's yelling 'help,' and I'm not going to help."

Dispatcher: "So you can hear someone yelling for help?"

Caller: "I'm pretty sure the guy is dead out here. Holy s***"

Dispatcher: "OK, we have several people calling in. Anything else that you heard?"

Caller: "A guy yelling, 'help.' Oh, my God! There is a guy with a flashlight in the backyard now. I think there's flashlights and a guy. ... I don't know if that's a cop. "

Dispatcher: "OK, we have several calls. Are you sure when you heard voices it was one person yelling, right?"

Caller: "There were two guys in the yard with flashlights, and there is a black guy down like he's been shot, and he's dead."

Dispatcher: "I have several officers going out there."

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7:17 p.m. ET

Dispatcher: "Do you need police, fire or medical?"

Caller: "Medical. I think someone has been shot."

Dispatcher: "Why do you think someone has been shot?"

Caller: "Because they are laying in the backyard and a gunshot and they said 'call 911.' Now there are people coming with flashlights ..."

Dispatcher: "And it's in the backyard?"

Caller: "Yes."

Dispatcher: "And someone is laying in the backyard?"

Caller: "Yes, there are people around him now."

Dispatcher: "You there with kids?"

Caller: "Yes, my daughter. He is a black guy."

Dispatcher: "We have units on the way. What do you mean it's a black guy?"

Caller: "There is a black male standing over him."

Dispatcher: "Can you tell me what he's wearing?"

Caller: "I think someone else called 911."

Dispatcher: "You do see officers out there?"

Caller: "Yeah, I think that's the flashlights that we see."

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7:18 p.m. ET

Dispatcher: "Do you need police, fire or medical?"

Caller: "This is 911, correct? Police or medical. Someone is yelling two doors down from me, screaming, hollering 'help, help, help.' There is an elderly man that lives down there. I don't know. I heard a gunshot. I don't know if it would be ambulance."

Dispatcher: "How many shots did you hear?"

Caller: "One."

Dispatcher: "How long ago?"

Caller: "As soon as I heard that I picked up the phone and called."

Dispatcher: "Before calling 911?"

Caller: "Yes. There is somebody out by my back porch. ... There is someone walking around with a flashlight. The police may already be here. I don't know. Someone is out there with a flashlight, but I did hear something."

Dispatcher: "We do have units there."

Caller: "Oh, my God."

Dispatcher: "And the screaming, was it a male or female you heard?"

Caller: "It sounded to me like a male, and from what I know and I've been here four years, there is an elderly man that lives like four doors down, um, north of me, and I'm inside."

Dispatcher: "Do you think it's coming from your area?"

Caller: "I don't know, ma'am, I'm standing at my back sliding glass door. I don't see anything but a flashlight shining around, but I did hear someone yelling 'help, help, help' or 'oh, my gosh' and something, then moaning and a boom, and I picked up the phone and called."

Dispatcher: "Did you see or hear anything else like a vehicle pulling away?"

Caller: "No, ma'am, because I'm in the back, and in the back there is just a walkway. It could have been someone in the front with a car, I don't know, but I was in the back. It was scary. There is someone still back there with flashlights walking around."

Dispatcher: "There should be someone on the scene ..."

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7:19 p.m. ET

Dispatcher: "Do you need police, fire or medical?"

Caller: "My brother said someone got shot behind our house."

Dispatcher: "Is your brother out there right now?"

Caller: "No, he ran in the house."

Dispatcher: "Do you know who was shot?"

Caller: "No idea. ... I'm inside. It's behind our house. ... Yeah."

Dispatcher: "You didn't see or hear anything else? Did you hear the shot?"

Caller: "I heard something, and my brother ran in the house."

Dispatcher: "My brother saw it."

Dispatcher: "What did you see?"

Caller: "I saw a man laying on the ground screaming who needed help. I was going to go over there to try and help him, but my dog got off the leash, and I ran and got him, and I hurried around and down, and the screaming stopped."

Dispatcher: "Did you see the person get shot?"

Caller: "No."

Dispatcher: Did you know the person who got shot, or did you see the person with the gun?"

Caller: "No, I just heard a shot, and the screaming stopped."

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Officers arrived on the scene at 7:17 p.m. ET, according to a police report.

Officers Timothy Smith and Ricardo Alayo said they noted a black male in a gray hooded sweatshirt lying face-down in the grass, as well as a white male in the area.

"Zimmerman stated that he had shot the subject and was still armed," Smith wrote in a police report.

Smith said he asked Zimmerman to hand over the weapon, a Kel Tec 9 mm, and handcuffed him.

"While I was in such close contact with Zimmerman, I could observe that his back appeared to be wet and he was covered in grass, as if he was laying on his back on the ground," Smith wrote in the police report. "Zimmerman was also bleeding from the nose and the back of the head."

The officers also made several attempts to revive Martin.

When police put Zimmerman in the back of the cruiser, he said, "I was yelling for someone to help me, but no one would help me," according to the police report.

soundoff (1,408 Responses)
  1. Terence

    He was running away. Zimmerman gave chase.

    March 20, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • arthur

      u dont know that

      March 20, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Terence

    He was running away, and Zimmerman chased him down.

    March 20, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BOMBO ©

    Maybe I'm oversimplifying, but this sounds like an easily freaked out guy with a gun and no training. Does anyone think it's a good idea for neighborhood watch to be carrying guns around?

    March 20, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Nina

    I hope this child gets more justice in Florida than little Caylee did.

    March 20, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Duffey

      I hope so too.

      March 20, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snazzy

      Please let it rest.

      March 20, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. TRH

    I'm not eager to jump to conclusions but I'm having a hard time based on what I've seen here reported as factual statements that ZImmerman shouldn't be arrested and charged immediately.

    March 20, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Gina

    This man needs to go to jail. There are no if ands or buts about it. Being scared and carrying a gun in a gated community does not give you a free pass to shoot whomever you want because you're scared. I dont understand why this guy isnt in jail at this moment. Was the shooting premeditated no, but is it murder 1 yes...Off to jail he should go.

    March 20, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Brown

      Gina: I would think he still gets due process of law. They need to charge him, try him and if found guilty he gets jail time.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Duffey

    An idot with a gun.

    March 20, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beadlesaz

      Succinctly stated.

      March 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. m hicklin

    just seen this on sky news in England, Arrest him he has shot a child in cold blood,its murder. Why is this muderer walking the streets, where is the JUSTICE..............R.I.P. young one x

    March 20, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Craig

    I listened to all of the released police recordings and this story is missing a key phrase uttered by Zimmerman, "okay", after the dispatcher instructed that they did not need him to follow the person he was calling about. It sounds like from the recording that Zimmerman was not properly assessing the situation and introducing his own bias upon this boy, with no facts that would support that this boy was breaking any law. Zimmerman continued to pursue, and that is the exact moment that Zimmerman crossed the line and became the aggressor.

    It is my opinion that, at that point, the boy was fearing for his life and was fleeing and trying to defend himself, which caused the injuries to Zimmerman and Zimmerman wrongfully shot the boy. My opinion is that it is not self-defense if you chase after someone and get into a fight and then shoot him. The boy appears to have done nothing legally wrong that should warrant the extreme behaviors and actions of Zimmerman, and he should already be in custody and charged with murder for the homicide of the unarmed teen, as Zimmerman poses a current threat to society.

    Zimmerman will probably be charged by the grand jury that is being assembled and hopefully will be subject to the legal system so that there can be justice. This boy's death must not be in vain. The "stand your ground" law in Florida (and other states) must be challenged and changed to protect the liberties and freedoms of law-abiding people against those who wish to restrict it.

    We, as a nation of law, must stand up and let our voices be heard that the actions of the police department investigation and Zimmerman is not acceptable in our society.

    - Send the police chief a million bags of Skittles!

    March 20, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Giampaolo

      You are quite right. The only self defense claim that would have been legitimate here is if Trayvon had shot Mr. Zimmerman and killed him. HE was the one being chased down by a stranger, and had every reason to believe he was in imminent threat of great bodily harm.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      So we ignore the 2nd amendment because of Zimmerman, no chance. He made a choice as a law abiding citizen and he will go to jail for it, end of story.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • ddaniels

      Very wll said, Zimmerman was the aggressor, the confrontationist and the murderer, all bundled into one, and as long as we let this pass without any judgement well, People will be shooting each other for any and no reasons and claiming self defense... There is no self defense when it is man against gun... No matter what, just does not match up... I say this man should be thrown in jail without a key.... I would not want someone on my neighborhood watch walking around armed no matter what. My TV set is not worth that to me..

      March 21, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • joan

      If the "kid" that was 17; 6 feet and over 180 lbs was scared for his life why was he not on the phone to 911 to get help? Or even to his dad that lived right in the complex?? Seems he was looking for something to happen. Has anyone considered that Zimmerman may have kept him from breaking in somewhere that night? There are alot of things we can come up with, but why when we were not there. Lets wait until all the evidence comes out and try to see what we think then.

      April 2, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    And i dont want to state the obvious, but if this l7 year old had been white this would not have even happened. My neighborhood watch creep racially profiled this young man then shot him in cold blood!

    March 20, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jackson

      I hate to state the obvious, but look what race is filling up our jails! This guy shouldnt have shot or killed the kid (He was so obviously in the wrong here) but there is a reason that one "racially profiles"......even other black people will tell you if they saw another back man at night in a hoodie coming toward them, they would cross the street "just in case"

      March 20, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • jamaicanbailey

      Chrissy: great post. The idot poster Jackson claims that look at what race is filling yup the jails and tries to justify the behaviour of Zimmerman. . Does Mr. Jackson know that whites are arrested 5 times more than blacks for violent crimes but more blacks ( per acpita) are convicted and sent to jail for violent offenses than whites. How is that possible, mr. dipsh!t? It must be oiur racially neutral Justice system. LOL

      Take your time trying to wrap your pea sized brain around that fact, Mr. jackson and then shut your PIE HOLE!!!

      March 20, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Barrack Barrington

    What was this guy doing in this area ? It is about time good people took a stand against young thugs who think they can do anything they want. When the facts are in " Self Defense " unless Obamas DOJ need some press.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heather

      Indeed. The late night purchase of skittles and iced tea has got to stop. I've seen the commercials, and I know the damage skittles can do. Clearly, there was no alternative for Mr. Zimmerman.

      Are you kidding? The child was visiting his father, and I haven't heard that he was doing anything other than walking and subsequently trying to get away from Zimmerman.

      And just FYI, there are ways to modify behavior that don't involve ending a person's life.

      March 20, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • dshy

      Did you read the article. He was walking his father's fiancee's house!!!!

      March 20, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kimmie K

      What was he doing in the area? Does it matter as long as he was not committing a crime? According to reports, he was visiting his father and his father's fiance who lived in that community and took a walk to the convenience store to get skittles and a can of iced tea. Your comment is very scary and hearkens back to the days when black people were asked for their papers to prove they had a right to be walking around free.

      March 20, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Get A Life

      You are an idiot. Get a life. Grow up

      March 20, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Colin Morgan

      he was walking back from the store to his father's fiance's house. That's all. Do some research. This kid did absolutely nothing wrong. This Zimmerman character needs to be in jail.

      March 20, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juxtapoz

      He was visiting his FAMILY you jack@$$. So now this case just proves that blacks who go into white neighborhoods in Florida SHOULD arm themselves, and gun down any idiot who so much as walks toward 'em. That'll make us all safer won't it?

      March 20, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • kburgessjr

      He was living there! Thats what he was doing. The poor kid was living with his father and his fathers fiance. He wasnt some "young thug" he was a damn kid walking through a safe neighborhood he lived at to get soem candy. What is wrong with you racist piece of trash?

      March 20, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Imawhitewoman

      You are an idiot. Confirmed by your unfounded judgemental statement. What makes the young man a thug? You know nothing other than what he was wearing. You are clearly racist....EDUCATE YOURSELF!! Do a search on Black history and inventions made by African Americans. You may learn, some of the things that you so freely enjoy in this life were made by the same people you call "thugs"!! Grow UP

      March 20, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Troll...

      March 20, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • adam

      Well BB are you a thug for walking to your own home. This kid has no record and no instances of anything done wrong.

      Actually you sound more like a thug than this kid. It happens often with the uneducated. Good luck with the GED

      March 20, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Your an idiot

      What was the boy doing there? He was visiting his father at his soon to be mother-in-law's home, walking back from a convenience store at night. I shudder at your reality where such behavior is thuggish

      March 20, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • daryl

      u sound just like that racist idiot who just murdered that innocent 17 yr old child zimmerman thinks he got away with it but the american people will keep this in the 4 front untill that kid and his family get the justice they deserve

      March 20, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dannie

      I hope you don't have children...you are a f'n freak. You didn't even read the story if you have to ask about the boy and his presence in the area. GFYourself.

      March 20, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • FRANK

      HE WAS AT HIS FATHERS HOUSE. Why would he not be allowed there?? your answer–because hes black. Get over it budy your a racist

      March 20, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • GaryB

      You seem to be ignoring the facts. The kid was visiting his father who lives in the complex. He posed no threat to the property and no threat to Zimmerman (the vigilante) at least until Zimmerman chased him down without provocation. What happened after that is up for debate, but the simple fact is that if Zimmerman had more IQ points than bullets, the kid would be alive today, Oh, and by pretty much all accounts, the kid was not a young thug. Zimmerman on the other hand...

      March 20, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Concerned

      This "guy's" father lived in the neighborhood. He had every right to be where he was. That is what you and Mr. Zimmerman did not take into consideration. That this young man lived in this area and was not some "young thug " that needed to be stood up against. Had Mr. Zimmerman considered this, Mr. Martin would still be alive today.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aaron

      He was at his father's house watching television. He ran to the store to get a snack.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Giampaolo

      You sir, are an idiot

      March 20, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tessa

      Hey Buddie...read the story....his fathers fiancee lives in the development. He was headed BACK there after stopping at the store for a soda and a bag of skittles....what do you mean what was HE doing there....what was Zimmerman doing there? What right did Zimmerman have patroling? There is no sanctioned neighborhood watch in that neighborhood just this vigilante who was told to STOP by the police and kept going...not sure what the issue is with the police...they told Zimmerman to stop following the young man, he didn't. All 911 calls indicate screams for help...call to girlfriend from the Young Man indicates that he was being followed and scared......was this an accident? NO! Its not an accident when some vigilante carries around and gun and continues to harass someone after they have been told to STOP by the police. Grow up you racist. THis young man had every right to be in that neighborhood.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tara

      Try reading before commenting. The Trayvon LIVED in the neighborhood! He was going to his father's to watch football. Oh, sorry! Definitely up to no good! Everyone who sat down to watch the Super Bowl should've been watched by Zimmerman.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      You're free to your opinion....but don't delude yourself into thinking that your particular opinion has any value whatsoever within a free society.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Father of 2

      my 3 year old has better reading comprehension thean you

      March 20, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Did you read the part that says Martin, 17, was killed while walking to his father's fiancee's house in Sanford from a nearby convenience store" that could be a possible reason to be in the neighborhood. But hay I guess you only read the parts of the story that help your racist opinion.

      March 20, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Minu

      Are you serious?! The kid's father lives in the area. He was walking back home after going to the corner store. He wasn't a thug. He was not causing any trouble. He was simply walking home while a thug followed him with a loading gun and jumped him, and then shot him in cold blood. Get over yourself. Get you facts before you comment.

      March 21, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  12. Darius

    It only makes America prouder to see her people no matter what color or class come together at a time of tradegy. Now let's please love and respect each other more.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aaron

      Darius,
      Good call. I support that. God bless. This whole situation is tragic.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. scared white boy

    Sounds like the guy got scared and was being beat up because he was following somoene he shouldnt have been, got scared and shot because he got beat up

    March 20, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron Ron

      That boy was 17 years old and Zimmerman was 28. He also weights 100 lbs more than the 17 year old so I doubt that he was beat up or anything. This aint the movies, when u shoot someone at close range blood shoot out and that’s exactly what happen that’s why he has blood on him. Probably wiped his nose and grabbed the back of his head after shooting the boy thinking oh man what have I done.

      March 20, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. laura

    This kid doesn't even look like a bad kid he seemed like he was a happy teenager.... this guy just ended his life for no reason...and he should be arrested and put in jail.... since he's so scared let him be around real criminals IN JAIL

    March 20, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Davy4617

      What does a bad kid look like? I know you were trying to be sympathetic to the dead kid, but think about the racist underpinnings of your statement.

      March 20, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aaron

      a bad kid looks "thug-like", Davy. I totally get what laura is talking about. Obviously, as we see from this whole situation, you can't base things off looks. Laura's statement is a general thing said about every kid, whether they look good or bad. not a racial thing. I don't take it that way.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      @Davy4617 – What does a bad kid look like? Just ask George Zimmerman. Apparently he's an authority on the subject.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Michael

    This is crazy! This guy should be in jail right now. Why is he allowed to go hunting people down?

    March 20, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
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