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 atĀ 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.Ā Ā 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 realĀ suspiciousĀ 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,Ā 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 hisĀ 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 theĀ 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. ... IĀ don'tĀ 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 girlĀ 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 yourĀ back-porchĀ 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: "IĀ don'tĀ 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 orĀ 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: "Iā€™m looking out my deck, and someone is screaming 'help,' and I donā€™t know. ā€¦ I heard a bang. Iā€™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. Thereā€™s a man coming out and people coming out with flashlights. Oh, my God. I donā€™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. Iā€™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 donā€™t know what is happening. Someone is laying on the ground."

Dispatcher: "Whatā€™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: "YouĀ don'tĀ 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. IĀ 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, IĀ 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 myĀ 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. Kim

    I am really disappointed that the people calling 911 refused to go outside and help.... instead of responding, they cowered in their homes. Really sad. One of them may have actually impacted the outcome of this horrible situation. Imagine, if you were crying out for help and no one came.... shakes my faith in my fellow human being

    March 20, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rachel331

      I couldn't agree more, Kim. Not to make this about "me" but I was in Oakland, CA and a well-known grocery store chain (I live in the SF Bay Area) and I saw a guy hitting his girlfriend in the parking lot. SEVERAL men just drove by...I got out of my car and walked right up to him and said I was calling the police. She got out of the car and walked away and he sped off. Did I know if he had a gun? No. Did I even think about him having a gun? No. It was an instinctual reaction to protect another person (and, at that time my son was five years old). Some might consider this a very stupid act, but I had to step in. People need to step in and help when the cry for help is there or not. My condolences to Trayvon's family and friends.

      March 20, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. pls

    We had it with all CNN ads. Stop this bull, on every clip.

    March 20, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mrs. NRS

    "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....Get the heck out of here! I bet he smiled devilished when he said it too. POFS!

    March 20, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Victoria Souza

    I feel so upset that this has happened. I hope Martins family can get through this horrible ordeal & somehow turn this into a positive in his memory. I am so sorry that so many people are so quick to judge-everyone but themselves. Bless you all for this terrible loss.

    March 20, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. get whitie

    Doesn't suprise me one bit. A man's home is his castle so dam right he is gonna protect it.
    Unfortunately this doofus went after the wrong guy and bungled his tactics to the extreme.
    What would the public response be if Zim was a middle class black man ?
    Crickets is my guess.

    March 20, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sacmar

      The kid wasn't on Zimmerman's property. He was walking on the street. If he was breaking into the guy's house, I doubt this would be an issue, but the fact is he wasn't. Trayvon was walking home from the store with candy and a drink when this guy decided to follow him. To me, the color of their skin doesn't matter one bit. Wrong is wrong. By the way, I'm an upper-middleclass African-American female.

      March 20, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. cherry

    this guy zhimmerman should be put to jail and rotten inside..how could you follow on foot.and the dispatcher stated no need.granting that it is dark,he did not see what the boy was carrying and he was afraid for his life so why did he run after him then..and he

    March 20, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • cherry

      continuation: and he has some grass on his back and smashed his face because he hurt the boy first and the boy was resisting and probably tried to breakaway from him,the boy was calling for help because he was in pain and saw danger in zimmerman,and then he shot him but he knew the boy has nothing because he is on top of him as what some of the callers withnessed..is this what you call self defense and afraid for his life...ok it was dark but he was on top of him already...anyone analyzed the situation please..

      March 20, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. miguel

    Make an arrest already.

    March 20, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-FraschiniĀ©ā„¢

    This is a terrible, terrible event, and it is terrible for every person involved.
    Right now, many things are being said, but many things are not being said that will be said at the right time.
    I send my deepest sympathy to the family of the teenager who was killed, and I also send my empathy to the man who shot the young man.
    There is a wealth of knowledge for all of us to learn here over the time that all that will be said is said.

    March 20, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Terry

    This is a tragic story. It truly breaks my heart that this young man's life was stolen from him, and my prayers go out to his family.... There are some facts here which cannot be disputed. Mr Zimmerman was clearly upset at some recent break ins. It sounds like the suspects to those crimes were black males. He saw a black male that he profiled and assumed was up to no good. after all, he was wearing a hoodie. Zimmerman was told not to follow this person. Not only did he continue to follow him, he decided to leave the safety of his vehicle with his loaded gun. he then confronted this person which resulted in a physical altercation. in which somebody was yelling help. zimmerman pulls out his gun and shoots the person which turns out to be an innocent, unarmed teenager. Regardless of race, these are just facts....but YOU CANNOT PICK A FIGHT WITH SOMEONE AND WHEN THEY DEFEND THEMSELVES, SHOOT THEM AND CLAIM SELF DEFENSE!!!!! to make matters worse the police conduct no investigation whatsoever and take the word of shooter who admitted to shooting an unarmed child. Zimmmerman should be charged with 1st degree murder. (he could have left the gun in the car) and the police chief should be terminated immediately.

    March 20, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • cherry

      terry: agree with you...he engaged the boy in a fight and from what the callers views,he was on top of him,and the boy was moaning and asking for help because he was in great pain because he was hit physically first before he was killed.

      March 20, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • tom

      you all are jumping to conclusions. none of you were there and know what happened. lets wait for the facts, shall we?

      March 20, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • JJJ

      What a tragic incident...my heart hurts for this young man and his family. He didn't deserve this...Zimmerman MUST pay for HIS crime! I'm so angry about this. I agree with Terry, the chief of police should be held accountable for allowing this injustice to stand as is. What a damn shame...

      March 20, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michele

      I agree with you Terry, my heart brakes for this young man and his mother. This shooter must be investigated and punished for the crime. Why do these trigger happy people need to shoot at all, let alone to kill?! I am a white 72 year old female.

      March 20, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • JD

      Since when does wearing a hoodie mean you are a robber? I'm a female and I wear hoodies all the time and I don't see people running after me and shooting me. This man is obviously someone who grew up in an all white town. Probably doesn't have any black friends and I am sure the school he went to didn't have black people. He was a paranoid psycho who swore that any black person was a criminal. He's an idiot.

      March 20, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • dkva76

      it's funny how Zimmerman told the 911 dispatcher that the kid was approaching him when the girl on the phone with boy said the other way around. The only motive here is Zimmerman acting like a vigilante, the boy was heading home with some stranger stalking him basically.

      March 20, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • dkva76

      You can tell Zimmerman is making a lot of stuff up with the 911 dispatcher. It's sort of raining so he's assuming someone walking in the neighborhood must be on crack especially because he's black. He was definitely racial profiling when he mentioned a black kid with a hood walking in the rain must be all drugs and is up to no good. How can he say that the boy was approaching him with something in his hand? It wouldn't make sense for the boy to approach him and do nothing then run away. His 911 dispatch is BS. He only saw the boy walking who noticed him staring and Zimmerman noticed that he had something in his hands (skittles/drink) talking on the phone with the girl. Zimmerman has a weak case for self-defense, I almost feel sorry for him to go to jail over his paranoid egotistical vigilante.

      March 20, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • lawGoneWrone

      This case makes no sense. Everyone is pointing to the law as a defense, but how can that be true? Zimmerman confronted Trevon aggressively. We don't know who threw the first punch, but either way Zimmerman initiated the altercation by chasing Trevon down. If I were Trevon and some guy is following me, then he runs up to me and confronts me. I'm going to defend myself. If Zimmerman is let go, then Florida is the perfect state to go kill someone. Just run up to them, antagonize them enough to start a scuffle and then shoot them claiming self-defense. How the police let Zimmerman go, is just absurd. A complete lack of common sense.

      March 20, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. TR319

    I might consider giving Zimmerman a pass if Martin was beating him up so severely that he thought he might die but then again, he could have simply told Martin to freeze & waited for the cops to arrive. If he were truly scared, he would have fled the scene. He was negligent in his actions/use of force. Let this case go & more will follow. Guaranteed! My prayers go out to the family.

    March 20, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • tom

      "He was negligent in his actions/use of force. "

      How do you know that? Did you see it or are you guessing....?

      March 20, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • JD

      I love how Tom is asking how was he negligent in his use of force?

      Ummmm he shot the kid idiot what else would he mean?

      March 20, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. kewx007

    I am also and eduacated black man and in response to commentor "Educated Black Man" I agree with your post 100%. The mere fact that this man is roaming free after killing someone boggles my mind. As you stated, persons of interest are held for DAYS with less information that we have in this case. This man was at LEAST DOUBLE TRAYVON'S SIZE i find it hard to believe his life was endanger, especially with Trayvon not even carrying a weapon. If you were walking in a Neighboorhood you are not from and someone walks/runs up on you, what would your reaction be? Add the fact that the person following you is twice your size. This is not a RACE issue, it is a SOCIAL ISSUE. Even if these were two parties of the same race the fact remains that this was WRONG. Every day Zimmerman walks free is a slap in the face to everything that is supposed to be right with justice. A young man's life was taken from him and a mother, father, family, community, even a nation is mourning his death. I hope and pray that justice prevails. People who say all the facts are not out, lets look at the facts that are: 1.Zimmerman was told to not follow Trayvon, 2. He Clearly states that "they" always get away, 3. Why did Zimmerman even get close enough have a physical altercation with someone only holding "skittle and Tea/Pop?4. Why does a 200+ man feel threatened by a 17 year old who is moving AWAY FROM HIM? Please people do not argue self defense, based on the call records and 911 he was CLEARLY the aggressor. I hope justice is served.

    March 20, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • cherry

      sir i agree with you....a worst nightmare for every parents if you allow someone like zimmerman out there,free after murdering somebodys child...chillin for this cold murder..the police who investigate the case should be put to jail too.

      March 20, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • tom

      you don't know what happened and you are simply going against the white guy because you are black. What bs.

      March 20, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dott

    Soon it will get to the point that no one will be able to protect themselves. According to what we hear the shooter thought the young man had a gun. Maybe he told him that he had a gun and would shoot him. But you won't hear that part of the story. The family is out to get money. Now they are showing up already on the talk shows. How sad what the almighty dollar will do.

    March 20, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Game James

      Yeah and you would just sit at home quietly. Shut up. Probably a racist POS like Zimmerman.

      March 20, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deidre

      What are you basing this on? If Zimmerman thought he had a gun, why was he chasing him? Just ignorant...

      March 20, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lesa

      This response is to "Dott" either you are just plain ol' ignorant but more than likely just STUPID!!! Really??? This family's has lost their child & you think they want money??? I think they want JUSTICE because their child was MURDERED for NO REAL REASON idiot!!!!

      March 20, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • reggie222

      Are you really this ignorant and stupid, read the stories and the 911 calls. Be glad you or members of your family were not walking around in Zimmerman's neighborhood. If this guy isn't charged with murder there is something seriously wrong with local PD in Florida. Someone else said all that needs to be said when they posted, "you can't pick a fight with someone and then shoot them because they defend themselves."

      March 20, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • lola

      You maam, are an idiot. A racist one at that. If this were a 17 year old white male, would you be saying the same thing?

      March 20, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • cherry

      you are a freak...cant you not see that was a clear cold murder..how in the hell he will follow him if the boy told him that he has a gun..do you think so he will follow if he knew that he has a gun..or why dont they investigate him more...maybe he was high on drugs that night and he was tripping to kill anyone...

      March 20, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • WhatintheWorld?

      Dott, what in the darn world have you been smoking? The kid had a bag of skittles and a bottle of tea...how does that equate to a gun? Zimmerman wasn't protecting himself or even the community he was residing in. He was out to get a young, black male because of his paranoia. Please tell me and the whole darn world how Zimmerman can even justly utter the words "self defense" out of his mouth against a young man, half his weight who was running FROM him with a bag of skittles, bottle of ice tea and a cell phone? It is disgusting that you would even suggest the family is after money when they have lost the most precious gift God can give a person...their child. They are on those talk shows, you blathering idiot, to bring attention to the situation...to make sure justice is served...and if it can't be served then at least everyone in the United States and beyond will know about it. I pity you if anything as tragic as this ever happened to you or someone you loved. If Zimmerman is not charged and sent to the hole below the jail that he belongs in, I hope they do find a way to sue the living crap out of him...and for every penny he earns, for every dime that he has left in his pocket should go to this family for compensation of this young man's life so tragically lost for no good reason other than Zimmerman being a gun toting, loathing pile of pig doo. From this point forward, the only thing YOU should do is lock yourself in a closet so you won't have to share the crap that comes out of your mouth with anybody else.

      March 20, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Not really

      You're right. Soon, we'll won't be able to chase down unarmed boys with candy and shoot them without it being illegal.

      March 20, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. trex

    ............zim is a guilty MURDERER...............

    March 20, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Illeagle-j1

    Let's say that the young man was purple, the shooter, was bright pink. Bottom line, the young man is dead! Who cares what the colors are, the fact is that one had a lethal weapon, in a residential neighborhood, the other had the Skittles of DEATH, when combined with ice tea a truely lethal weapon, just above a hot dog. For what ever reason the Pink dude decided to shoot the purple dude, purple dude is now dead. Pink dude should follow shortly there after, He must do the only honorable thing, commit SEPUKOH!

    March 20, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Game James

      Lived in America long? Haven't seen any purple people. Nor pink. It's nice to look at the world through rose colored glasses but that's not real life. Look at Zimmerman. He looks like an insecure piece of crap. Probably got clowned in high school or saw the black guys getting the play he couldn't get. And where is he? If he was such an upstanding person why isn't he apologizing about killing an innocent young man?

      March 20, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Big Game James

    Still open season on young black males. They think they can do what they want when they want with no repercussions. I hope Zimmerman gets locked up and the brothers run train for weeks! Then pull out the broomstick for "spring cleaning."

    March 20, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
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