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. Humanity

    This is a really sad and unfortunate event that resulted in the loss of life. Without the facts, one can only speculate as to what actually happened. On the surface it appears that the confrontation could have and should have been avoided. I do hope that the real truth is ascertained and justice is fairly administered if an injustice has occurred. If the facts being reported are accurate, this event and the tragic aftermath serve as another reminder of the consequences of hastily formed opinion and judgement in the absence of actual relevant facts. Unfortunately, some of the post here also reflect this short-coming. I pray for all involved and for the families that are now dealing with the situation.

    March 20, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JT Hawaii

    The kid was just trying to get home. Zimmerman the dorky action junky should have never followed. Zimmerman is at fault and I hope he gets the slammer.

    March 20, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Concerned

    People, wait until the facts come out from the authorities and don't base your opinion's on what you currently see or hear on the news as even the news media manages to throw a slant to a story....why because it brings viewers and listeners. I think the truth will come out and Zimmerman will be guilty as sin and he will be punished and justic will be served on him. Pray for the family and pray for justice, and certainly pray fot this troubled nation.

    March 20, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. HoustonSteve

    And it is quite possible that Zimmerman DID racially profile the kid. We ALL racially profile ALL the time. We have to ACTIVELY not racially profile when we're in a position of authority. That's why guys like Zimmerman shouldn't be running around with guns acting like cops. Cops are trained to ACTIVELY NOT racially profile. For all we know Zimmerman had been mugged multiple times by black people, or he had witnessed numerous incidents of theft in his area by black people. Therefore, it is natural since he lacks the proper training that he might think a black teen who he does not recognize might be a suspect. For all we know it was the AGE rather than the race that he was profiling. Or, it could be some of both. I remember as a teen getting harassed by the cops all the time. Truth was, I was sometimes up to no good, but they ALWAYS assumed I was up to no good. Since those days police training has come a long way. That's why guns in the hands of neighborhood watchmen is NOT a good idea.

    March 20, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. garyM

    Zimmerman approached the poor kid, gun drawn and pointed at him. The kid panicked and tried to wrestle the gun off him and he (Zimmerman) shot him point blank. They will not be able to prosecute him but he will lose in a civil lawsuit. That's what happens when you give this clowns a gun license and the right to kill people without fear of being prosecuted.

    March 20, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • sgt. slaughter

      Well if he tried to wrestle his gun away..........it's self defense. Don't try to take someones property, especially their gun...lol

      March 20, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aaron H

      Under Florida law..if he cleared by police..he can'tget sued in civil court

      March 20, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jamest

    If the so called system does right for this child and his fams loss that man will get locked up and the killers in there will deal with him on their terms.

    GOD BLESS HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 20, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ex-Floridian

    I left Florida after tens years there - precisely because Florida and the Deep South are so infested with ignorance and prejudice. And I am white. Living in a place that is so profoundly ignorant and racist is not safe or healthy for ANYONE. Like Texas, Florida and the Deep South are pack-jammed with blithering idiots dumber than raunch dog-poo - and all these brain-dead moronic imbeciles own guns. That should scare the by-jesus out of everyone (everyone who's not brain-dead).

    March 20, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. TrueAmerican

    Carlisle Greaves, is your post directed at me?

    March 20, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Chris

    So it sounds like Zimmerman got beat up by Martin, a minor, after Zimmerman harrassed, chased and pushed Martin down for no reason. Then Zimmerman shoots him??? Where is the self defense in this?

    March 20, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Saboth

    Where are these wingnuts getting the "he was peeking in windows"? NOWHERE anywhere does it say that. Did Zimmerman say it? The same guy making up crap about the kid being on drugs and acting psychotic? How do you do that while talking to your girlfriend on the phone and eating skittles? Walk on your hands and carry the phone and food with your feet?

    March 20, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Gavin Fitzgerald

    The court seriosly can't see the guy murderd this poor kid i mean come on the guy has a vionlent history don't give the man a gun thats just like putting cheese on the floor when you have a problem with mice. I am a Jehovah's wittness and i can say only one thing Jehovah will not let this tragedy go unnoticed he will bring those to justice who harm others. I feel deep sorrow for the martin family and only ask them to look to the bible for comfort specifically in Revelation chapter 21 verse 3 – 4 where it states " and he will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be any more. The former things have passed away". So put the guy behind bars and let the martin family Know i will keep them in my prayers

    March 20, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Majesty Rene'

    I first heard the story back in February and just thought... oh another black child wrongfully murdered. Then I heard the 911 tape on my local radio station.....my heart almost burst !!! and it still aches for this young man. I have a 17 year old
    daughter and I don't really know what I'd do if some crazed moron like Zimmerman did this to her. I do know whatever I did it would make the cover of TIME or NEWSWEEK !! This is a modern day lynching of a precious young prince who was stolen away from his family and ALL of us. Being an African American PERIOD....! I feel I AM TRAYVON MARTIN !

    March 20, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • jamaicanbailey

      Amen to that, brother!!!

      March 20, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tim

    Your country is awful. Your gun laws are riduculous. The "Stand Your Ground" law is absolutely terrible. What an absolutely awful country to live in. thankfully I don't live there. What makes it so sad is that most Americans are great people. But there are so many crazies that have control of the political system.

    March 20, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bill

    This is nowhere near sane or legal. It's amazing he wasn't arrested. He murdered that kid because he was afraid of his skin color. What a coward.

    March 20, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Afraid of the kid's skin color?? How do you figure that??

      March 20, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Name*Rob

    Look, it's very sad what happened to that boy. But let's face it, he likely put him self in that situation. He could have answered the simple question of what he was doing there because the one given doesn't hold water. The fact that he tried to fight the man asking him questions only show even more that he was being combative which only made matters worse. Lets stop convecting ever white person of a hate crime every time something happens and look at the facts. The boy would have been shot if he had been white and put him self in that situation. Lets do a better job of raising our children and maybe things like this can be avoided.

    March 20, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill

      Better job at raising racist Zimmerman you mean?!!! What is wrong with you? When will hillbillies be breed out?!

      March 20, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      "bill", how is this racist at all?! How??

      March 20, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Ok let's have a black guy chase your kid down and shoot him in the chest for walking down the street. After a law enforcement official told this blackman to leave your kid alone. This is about common sense and common sense tells Zimmerman if he thinks this person is a threat, STAY IN YOUR CAR!!! I love how a grown man is being protected for disobeying what REAL law enforcement told him to do. That is the issue here. When a person disregards law enforcement and takes the into his own hands he is now a CRIMINAL!! Point blank period. Stop making excuses because this guys was a an idiot. Someone, a child no less, is DEAD because of his lack of judgement And just like anyone who drives drunk and kills someone or it's an accident he should be BEHIND BARS!!! Anything else is an injustice.

      March 20, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • sgt. slaughter

      Yeah....teach your kids to respect white, oops Hispanic people with guns

      March 20, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      The dispatcher told Zimmerman NOT to follow Martin. Zimmerman is an untrained civilian doing volunteer work as neighborhood watch. Remember that improtant fact. He had no right being armed and no right getting involved to the level he did. Imagine your a 17 year old kid and an person is chasing youd down with a gun. This fire arm that he shouldnt have had in the first place created a fear that caused Martin to defend himself. Has nothing to do with raising your kid properly. The kid wasnt causing trouble. Should we tell our black children to not walk in nice neighborhoods in the dark? Where does it state he was doing anything wrong? Zimmerman reported a black man looking at houses, where was the need to even create a situation out of this? This was all caused by Zimmerman overreacting and creating an escalating situation. By the way Im white

      March 20, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jaz

      Rob, this has nothing to do with rearing your children better. If a stranger approach you that was not a police officer, you are telling me that you would not be combative or be somewhat irritated that a stranger is asking you "what are you doing here"? Especially, if you know that you are walking innocently in a neighborhood to a family member's house or friend's house? Most parents teach their children "stranger – danger...run" This young man was doing nothing wrong. He was walking back to his father's residence with a bottle of tea and Skittles. He did everything right. I'm sure his parents taught him "stranger – danger – run". We teach our children to not to talk to strangers and that's not raising our children correctly? Clearly, you don't have any children.

      March 20, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • ivy

      You are an idiot. I teach my 11 year old to not talk to strangers period. His father lived there. I really feel for the Martin's. How their son was raised was not the reason he is dead. You should be ashamed of yourself!

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

      Did you not hear the 911 tape of Zimmerman saying he was following the kid? Even after 911 told him not to, that the cops were on the way?
      He was looking for a situation to use his gun.
      Think of it this way, you're a skinny teen and a heavy-set man is following you in an SUV. Maybe the kid thought he was about to be kidnaped by a child molester?
      As a neighborhood watch your only job is to watch and report, not engage.

      March 20, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • GOD

      You're a moron, just in case you were wondering. If you're ever chased down by a stranger carrying a gun, let me know how politely you answer his questions...

      March 20, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • sgt. slaughter

      Why didn't he run? They are some of the fastest people on earth....... well .... until they get into a crosswalk.

      March 20, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brenda

      I truly feel sorry for all of you people who would ever have to face the murder of your child. You are heartless on this one, but wait your turn.

      March 20, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
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