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. Reasonable

    I agree with Craig, the MOMENT Zimmerman said the boy was "fleeing" and he began to chase HE became the agressor and gave up any right to claim self defense. I hope this guy fries in the most painful way. Justice will find Zimmerman in this life or the next....

    Another poster said to send skittles to the chief of police I love this idea going to the store right after work.

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

      Maybe I'm missing something, but why was this guy armed with a loaded gun? He's not a police officer and that should be illegal. The guy should have been arrested on the spot and be behind bars right now.

      March 20, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      It's called a concealed carry permit.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RJ1008

    If what Zimmerman did is legal, then a civil war in a crowded restaurant or a nice shopping mall can also become legal. I see lots of young folks with their hood on or hands in their pockets walking towards us, behind us, staring at us (while they might think the same about me). Does it mean anybody or everybody gets to shoot the other guy in the public place?

    Once the kid was reported to run AWAY from Zimmer and Zimmer was pursuing him despite instructions from the 911 dispatcher, it is not self defense any more. It is cold blodded murder because one citizen was profiling another citizen. This guy should be in jail for life. Period.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • jeff

      Yes, if your buddy buddy with the cops you can do what you want!

      March 20, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. shades

    Agreed, Whites are not getting a fair shake, and its about time we stood up and were counted

    March 20, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • LL

      What does being counted have to do with this? You're looking at the wrong people with that. Blacks aren't even a threat to you. Remember we are no longer the majority.

      March 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • TiredOfIt

      Amen brother...

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

      It is true that this is at the heart of the issue: some whites feel like they aren't getting a fair shake. They feel like they are 'losing the country' and have to 'take their country back'. They have been told to 'don't retreat, reload'. But what these IDIOTS don't understand is that it IS still a country where whites get what they want and that all reasonable people, no matter what color, are for JUSTICE for ALL. They don't realize how racist they are when they say 'well white people get shot everyday but don't get this attention' because the situations are different and in each of the white people being murdered WE REASONABLE PEOPLE OF ALL COLORS ARE OUTRAGED AS WELL.

      Here we have a boy who WOULD NOT have gotten justice if not for the outcry. Leave your bigotry behind because it is clouding the most basic tenets of your logic. This is getting attention because JUSTICE WAS NOT GOING TO BE SERVED, and when a white person is victimized it usually is–AND WHEN it ever isn't, WE WILL BE OUTRAGED AS WELL.

      March 20, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. steveD

    I just want to know what the sound of someone being pushed is? Over a cell phone..

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

      Really? I'd imagine a gust of air, with an "ugh" from the one being pushed down and then a dropped cell call. Prior to the words "why are you following me?"

      March 20, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • N. B

      There you go trying to point out the most minute detail of the this call. You can tell if something changes when you are talking to someone.. if I drop my phone, the other person on the other end can here that. Instead of addressing the push, lets talk about the fact that he was minding his own business, talking to his girlfriend, and telling her how this guy was following him!! Lets talk about that.. *cricket, cricket, cricket*...

      March 20, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • ed

      On a cell phone it sounds a bit like ..." don't push me bro " .

      March 20, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • PrincessK

      It sounds like a loud thud.... you can heard the palm to chest contact, don't be an idiot.

      March 20, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. zaza

    Interesting that one of the witness accounts states that both the victim and the perpetrator are black... All eye-witness testimony should be taken with a grain of salt

    March 20, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Shannon

      Zimmerman is latino look at his photo

      March 20, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • chloe

      I'm pretty sure the second black male he is referring to is the responding police officer. That is why he also saw several people with flashlights before he made the comment about the black male standing over the deceased.

      March 20, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jacob

    It's a pretty weak argument for a grown man armed with a gun to claim self defense against a teenager armed with a bag of Skittles. I hope the justice system works this time.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Peter

      The boy was walking home thats why he was walking towards him. As soon as the police found out the boy was 100 yards from the house should have been case close right there.

      March 20, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Justice

    Sanford police department, where is Trayvon's cellphone???

    March 20, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. steveD

    And they left off half of Zimmer's phone conversation..The part where Tryvon comes toward him..I'm not saying it's right, just saying give the police a chance to investigate before you claim that the HISPANIC guy is a racist. And one of the 911 calls claims the responding officer is black by the way..

    March 20, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • jonathan

      Well first he was "coming towards him" checking him out, with his hand in waistband. Paranoia anyone? Then he was suddenly running towards the back entrance.

      March 20, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sande

      Your so right, because Hispanic people cant possibly be racist.... idiot

      March 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sande

      @ jonathan, so if someone was following you in the dark, you wouldnt run or walk away quickly?

      March 20, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • RapidOne

      It doesn't matter what race he is except he is a MURDERER and JUSTICE has been disgraced thus far. Racism comes in with people saying idiotic things here as well as reasonable people trying to guess WHY JUSTICE WAS ALMOST MISCARRIED COMPLETELY, if not for the public outrage expressed.

      March 20, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Zimmerman is lying

    Why would you stalk someone, confront them when 911 told you not to and then when you get into a physical altercation with the one you hunted you yell for help. That makes no sense whatsoever. Zimmerman is 240 lbs. Martin was 145lbs. and Zimmerman pleads self defense. REALLY

    March 20, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • jway

      I don't know if he is lying, but the fact is, the stand your ground thing chase, confront and shoot. He should be in prison.

      March 21, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • TANYA

      Exactly!!! Zimmerman pursued this boy with a 9mm hand gun into the darkness...he did exactly what he intended to do...use his gun!!!! He killed this boy without any justification...a bag of skittles and soda is all this boy had on him.

      March 22, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. PeterD

    What is the big deal here. Black People Kills innocent people in US all the time. Why ther is no blacklash then?

    March 20, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • sadtosay

      Why not just admit you are an anger filled racist and accept you will never be happy unless you are hating? From your comment it is clear you just want to preach hate instead of seeing justice.

      March 20, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Giampaolo

      You're right Peter. Why don't we just legalize murder? Care to get together for some coffee?

      March 20, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • N. B

      People kill people all the time.. Whites, blacks, hispanics.. doesnt matter.. the reason there is no backlash is because there is usually SWIFT justice!! There is very rarely any COVER up when a black person commits a crime.. the PD is usually COMMITTED to finding them and wont stop until they do. this would not have happened if the situation were reversed. That man would have been in the jail already and there would have been no debating this.. so there is your answer!!

      March 20, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • RapidOne

      Well there IS outrage normally, but people like you don't see it. Most white people are reasonable, but white people like you feel like they are 'losing the country' and have to 'take their country back'. You have been told to 'don't retreat, reload'. But what you IDIOTS don't understand is that it IS still a country where whites get what they want and that all reasonable people, no matter what color, are for JUSTICE for ALL. You don't realize how racist they are when they say 'well white people get shot everyday but don't get this attention' because the situations are different and in each of the white people being murdered WE REASONABLE PEOPLE OF ALL COLORS ARE OUTRAGED AS WELL.

      Here we have a boy who WOULD NOT have gotten justice if not for the outcry. Leave your bigotry behind because it is clouding the most basic tenets of your logic. This is getting attention because JUSTICE WAS NOT GOING TO BE SERVED, and when a white person is victimized it usually is–AND WHEN it ever isn't, WE WILL BE OUTRAGED AS WELL.

      March 20, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tired Of Children Being Victims Of Society

      And so do white people, watch the news.

      March 23, 2012 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  11. Concerned

    I'm a white male in my mid 50's and let me say that this is a tragic story. First I do think that Mr. Zimmerman should have been arrested until evidence proves otherwise, but remember a person is innocent until proven guilty. Second, it would be interesting to know if Mr. Zimmerman and Mr. Martin ever had any previous altercations between them. Third, if there are no eye witnesses and only audio versions of the event that took place then this case will be very hard for anyone to judge. Fourth, please let them investigate before you all make judgement on the system and be happy the FEDS are in on it now. Fifth, STOP SAYING ITS ALL ABOUT RACE....murders happen every day and they are not because of race as there are more killings between BLACK ON BLACK than there are WHITE ON BLACK or BLACK ON WHITE. Pray for the family of this deceased young man and pray for justice.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • jonathan

      I think the only reason people are attributing race to this is because an unarmed black teenager was shot and killed yet his killer was not even arrested. It's not a stretch to say that if a unarmed white girl or boy was shot dead they would have taken the shooter, white or black, into custody. I used to live right around and in Sanford. The police are known for their racial profiling themselves. Race does have something to do with this. But the actual intent to shoot the kid appears to be from stereotyping and paranoia than racial.

      March 20, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • @Concerned

      According to the 911 tape Zimmerman followed Trayvon against the professional advice of the operator. His first call was from his truck. He got out of the truck and stalked the teen. Then he confronts the teen and the teen clearly attempted to defend himself. But, with Zimmerman being 240 lbs. and Trayvon 145lbs. the teen ended up shot and dead. All those are facts and not one of them even suggest that Zimmeriman was innocent or defending himself. You can't defend yourself against the prey you were hunting, it’s the prey that needs to defend against you.

      March 20, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Langley Whickersham

      Did you read the article? It is about race the reason why Zimmerman was suspected the young man was because some black youths had been involved in break earlier. Zimmerman saw a black youth and jumped to the conclusion he was up to no good. Police could have arrested Zimmerman and the judge could have gave him bail, instead the police said their was no crime. Thats the outrage. If people left it alone, no charges would ever be brought because the cops did not view a crime had been committed!

      March 20, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      Zimmerman said on multiple occasions he followed Trayvon because he was black.

      March 20, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justice

      No, one and No, one can say or understand with people of color have been going though for many of years, so for someone to speak of Black on Black anything.... Please give us a break.... the facts lets get to them, a child is Dead... Why! I' m glad you ask... because one person felt as if he was the Law.... and the Police Dept... proved that he was in fact... becuse no one was arrested. Now, lets look at the big picture a cry for Help is what the young man was asking for and no one... came to Help him, but in fact someone was looking to Murder Him instead.... when has this Child been in trouble never, and why was there no back ground check done on the child or the Murderer...this is not a case of race but Murder... No if's and's or But's about it. Please People when replying be sure to spell as if you went to someone's school. Thank you.

      March 21, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    @ barrack barriot or whoever you are,read the damn story! He wasnt a thug he was a child visiting his father! The man who shot him was a wannabe cop, and even AFTER dispatch TOLD him to stop following him, he continued. Its now soundin premeditated!

    March 20, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. SteveD

    I don't know how much you know about the Latin community but the culture is no stranger to prejudice. Ask any Puerto Rican how he feels about Dominicans or any Cuban how he feels about Mexicans. When the only thing Zimmerman knew about Trayvon Martin was that he was a minority and based on that lone fact he confronts him, against professional advice not to, then shots him race has to be the factor no matter how you twist it.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • jj2625

      Reality of the situation is blacks are looked up as criminals. I myself have felt nervous around blacks when I shouldnt have and thought how stupid it was too think that. I'm a realist, who do you think has a better shot walking through a neighborhood a black in a white neighborhood or a white in a black neighborhood. So yes it was most likely because he was minority.

      March 20, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jonathan

    Zimmerman should fry and this is horrible. But I'm sorry but I'm almost as disgusted at these multiple callers as the shooter. How if someone is screaming for their life "HELP" does not at least one person go outside to HELP! They just pick up the phone and call the police. What ever happened to lending a hand even if your life is threatened. It could have been very possible to avert this senseless death if someone would have just responded to his pleas for help instead of hiding.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • TANYA

      So true.

      March 22, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeah3633

      PEOPLE--Zimmerman was the one yelling for help, not Martin.

      March 22, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joe Smith

    It's murder plain and simple.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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