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. Greg

    I hope they fry Zimmerman. A truly evil man.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Anne Little

    My heart goes out to the family of Trayvon Martin, he seems like a very nice young man. God Bless your family, what a lose. George "trigger happy" Zimmerman...not much to say to you...except "watch your back"!!!

    March 20, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • fred

      Grow up anne! Life is not what you want it to be–Peaches and Cream!

      March 23, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dan Jones

    I am all for gun ownership and the right to posses firearms, but as with all liberties, there is accompanying responsibilities. One of the basic rules of using a gun in self defense has to be and has always been that the other person poses a viable threat to which you have no other course of action other than the use of deadly force. In other words you have no way out and the other dude is armed. This kid wasn't armed and it was the man with the gun who was pursuing and creating the confrontation. He is guilty of murder, plain and simple.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • ccenger

      couldn't have said it any better – the man was pursuing a young man who was scared and unarmed. if i saw someone following me, i'd run too! the young man acted in self-defense, this man committed murder.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Philsfan

      damn right!

      March 20, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. sgt. slaughter

    A Hispanic male with a jewish last name shoots a black teen. Happens every day.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • JT

      What a combo, sorry sight.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alexk

      Zimmerman isn't really a common Jewish last name. Lol at stereotyping peoples names in a discussion about stereotyping.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Andy

    Why isnt the Black community upset and otraged over the black on black murders that take place EVERY DAY ... They turn a hispanic man into a white and act like their is an epedemic of white people killing blacks when EVERY DAY BLACKS ARE KILLING BLACKS .... Guess thats not important

    March 20, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • sgt. slaughter

      Make all the cops black and they will really be shooting themselves every day.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marty

      Your comments are not only insensitive but show your total lack of intelligent. Trying to lump this incident with others is offensive to this boy's parents, and others. Silence is golden at times.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • jpw2012

      Black on black crime doesn't get the news rating as opposed to something juicy like a hispanic with a white sounding name shooting a black kid.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      How ignorant do you sound, the Black community is upset with Black on Black crime, blame the media, cause they only report racially sensitive stories to get ratings. Race has nothing to do with an Kid being killed by some nutcase with a CCW.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      People in various black communities talk about the violence all the time. You actually have to pay attention and not be a racist, pretty simple.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • ccenger

      all life is important. the issue is the fact that the man who pulled the trigger has not been charged.

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

      people are not just upset because a white or a Hispanic man killed a black man, they are upset because the white man was not arrested, but since you are such a racist, it didn't even cross your mind to think about it this way

      March 20, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • thatdude

      We (black community) aren't upset, we are outraged! Your statement sir was uncalled for, this kid was racially profiled by a overzealous, trigger happy, hispanic male. He couldve been black, white, green, or purple and we still would be outraged. We know there is an epidemic of black on black crime, but there is also white on white crime, hispanic on hispanic crime, crime is crime period. This guy george zimmerman committed a crime; racial profiling, Murder or manslaughter. My deepest sympathy goes out to the family of this young man, the young lady on the phone at the time of this tragic event and the residents of the neighborhood witnessed this. Godbless from cola,sc.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave_Memphis

      This isn't a race issue. This is an issue about a good kid getting murdered at 17 years old. The kid didn't have any juvenile record, didn't have any drugs, alcohol, or weed on him, and didn't have any weapon. The kid was trying to get away from a stranger following him. He was scared! He kept asking, "why are you following me?" to a 250 pound man (not a small man by any means). The kid was a mere 140 pound kid with skittles and an ice tea. That's the tragedy. What does race have to do with it? Zimmerman and his family have fled because the same justification can be used on them if "Stand Your Ground" is taken so lightly.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Giampaolo

      When you say something completely irrelevant, disrespectful, and hurtful – and are swiftly condemned by 98% of the people in this country...

      Do you realize "hey, maybe I'm not thinking this through correctly..."
      Or do you get off on the fact that when you publish your views to others you disgust them?

      March 20, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jpw2012

    If this was black on white crime this wouldn't be news. The media in the U.S. is so liberal its sickening. White man baaaaaaaad. Minority good.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      I agree the media is the blame, which Blacks have no control over. Its not Blacks always crying racism its the media that reports these topics constantly. A kid is dead, race has nothing to do with it

      March 20, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. psdumas

    Big Shot roaming the condo association with a fight to pick. I absolutely don't get this. EVEN if there was a fight, you don't shoot an unarmed kid. It sounds like the kid was scared at this big DUFUS chasing him and asking all these questions, and maybe got a little defensive, etc. etc. when the BIG SHOT put his hands on him, and pushed him. He wanted a fight, and he played like the big saviour on the block and killed this poor kid with an Ice Tea and a bag of Skittles in his hand! Put this guy away to await trial!

    March 20, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. TWAL

    Standing your ground does not mean you run after them and attack them and play police officer let alone chase someone down and not expect them to fight back.You can't just shoot someone because you perceived them to be a threat ,PERIOD !!!

    March 20, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • O'Shaughnessy

      You are the first person to say what I was thinking....this guy thought he was a cop. He as playing cop – his 911 call alone shows this – he wanted total involvement. Poor kid.

      March 20, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • tonyinsatx

      Love your comment as it was exactly what i was thinking! "Stand you ground" means that you do not have to RETREAT! It does NOT mean that you are allowed to pursue! In TX a security guard driving their own vehicle is NOT a policeman! Mr Z had no right what so ever to pursue this kid and most definitely had no right to try to detain him! One major difference btwn the this guy and the "security guards' that patrol my neighborhood is that the ones that patrol my neighborhood are actual sheriff's deputies! Mr Z assumed that this black kid w/the hoodie (that anyone can buy nowadays, no police record required) was up to no good and on drugs had been breaking into houses (according his friend who gave an interview to CNN today). so Mr Z is a "cop" w/no badge and even a doctor w/no medical license! so the kid ran from him, so what?! what did he expect the kid to do? the KID was being followed and the KID did the right thing in trying to get away from a threat! Mr Z murdered him for that! To the guy that implied that Mr Z had the right to ask the kid what he was doing there because it's the same as if the kid was in HIS backyard, even if it is private property 1 ) the kid wasnt in a backyard (by the way, here in TX if you or your kid were unfortunate enough to have to enter my backyard for some reason, say to get a ball that went over your fence to mine, i can blast you w/my 12 gauge or 30/30 and be within my rights. would be fair though?) the kid was in the street. Mr Z should have just let the cops handle it. if you are trying to steal my car i can blast you, but if i do so just because you are the same race as someone that has been stealing cars in my neighborhood that is MURDER! 2) i had know idea that one had to check in w/a security guard to visit one's dad. that's none of Mr Z's business,. In closing, i hope that one day people like you and Mr Z will experience what it's like to be on the wrong end of barrel simply due to the color of your skin, maybe the person will have mercy on you. or maybe they won't! I'm sure that you guys will be in total agreement w/murderer in thw split second that it takes for bullet hit you. Mr Z is a perfect example of a vigilante that should be executed because, just as he said, "the a–holes always get away with it!". (I am a RESPONSIBLE member of the NRA and I believe in gun rights and RESPONSIBLE gun ownership, NOT vigilantism! Guess what? I'm BLACK and Hispanic! )

      March 21, 2012 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
    • James Taylor

      Totally agree!!!

      March 21, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • RU Kidding Me

      Well Said!

      March 22, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. But...

    Like the Amtrak safety message says, don't look at a person's physical looks, look at their behavior. The teen was acting normally until he noticed a presumed pervert staring at him while following him in a car.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jules

    Man the people in that neighborhood suck.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tiffany

      Jules, I 100% agree with you!

      March 20, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rich

    Who cares what race Zimmerman is and what race Martin is, THE bottom line a KID is DEAD, parents have lost their child for nothing!!! Zimmerman had NO RIGHT!, he is not the police. If he pushed that kid, Martin had every right to kick his ass. Zimmerman disobeyed the Police Dispatchers not waiting for Police, now a unarmed KID is GONE FOREVER

    March 20, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland

      Exactly!

      March 20, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. christos

    This Zimmerman is a racist and a killer, if he is not charge someone from the BLACK community will kill him have no FEAR JUSTICE will BE RENDERED, THE racist republicans don't want him to be charge.....I hope they kill him!

    March 20, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. olepi

    If this was a black vigilante that shot a cute white kid, you know where he'd be tonight.

    Just sayin'.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      already on Death Row, his trial would have been 5 minutes

      March 20, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. granitejon

    In any other place Zimmerman would have been charged with murder. The problem here is the Sanford police. White shooter, dead black kid, of course the police were give Zimmerman a pass. This is exactly what I would expect from the Sanford police. (Inlaws and lots of relatives around Lake Helen, so yeah, I know the area)

    March 20, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Don

    like I always say, and I don't care what FL law says, only a coward shoots an unarmed person. Zimmerman,
    you may be justified per FL law but you're still a coward.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
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