Trayvon Martin memorial removed but preserved, city says
Mourners set up a memorial to Trayvon Martin at the entrance to the subdivision where he was killed in February.
July 9th, 2012
08:39 PM ET

Trayvon Martin memorial removed but preserved, city says

An impromptu memorial to slain teenager Trayvon Martin has been dismantled, but the items that composed it are being preserved, the city of Sanford, Florida, announced Monday.

After consultations with Martin's family, city staff members removed the items from the entrance of the subdivision where Martin was shot in February during a confrontation with neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, City Manager Norton Bonaparte's office said.

Zimmerman, 28, was released from jail Friday after posting bond on a second-degree murder charge. He has said he shot Martin in self-defense after Martin assaulted him.

The city workers moved the objects to the Sanford Museum on Monday afternoon, the announcement said.

"All the items retrieved have been carefully handled and inventoried," it said.

The announcement listed all the objects moved to the museum:

  • One large wood cross, 58 inches tall, painted white with American flag on the top and photo of Trayvon Martin on one side.
  • One wood cross, 36 inches tall, painted white, with the words "Justice for All" in black on one side.
  • One string of silver plastic beads with a heart.
  • One ceramic angel.
  • One ceramic cross.
  • One wood and metal heart.
  • Three standard size footballs, one small football.
  • One Styrofoam cross with blue artificial flowers.
  • Several wreaths with artificial flowers and many loose artificial flowers.
  • Two small American flags.
  • One green balloon weight with yellow artificial flowers.
  • Two Mickey Mouse balloon weights.
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  1. Spike

    Amen sir

    July 9, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. tallone

    Have a bit of respect. The memorial was to remember a dead person.
    Makes no difference how he died. He was a human being. There is somrthing
    wrong with such hatred, or more precisely racism.

    July 9, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Logan

      Nothing racist about it, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson made it a race issue, George was attacked from behind and was simply defending himself.

      July 9, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. lol

    They should add his gold grill he liked to show off to that memorial too.

    Ooh and don't forget the youtube videos of Trayvon participating in fight club style events that his family tried to remove. Sorry too slow on your part Martin family, they were saved. =P

    Also, try and get the marijuana baggy added as well. This would be a fantastic memorial to take around to schools in order to show school children how not to be.

    July 9, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • I Come in Peace

      Yep, LOL, it all needs to be "put out there"...he wasn't the innocent "14 year old" that the family wanted you to believe...I still have a hard time finding any currant photo's of him. The courts will have a field day on who HE really was...Thugs...they are out there killing...Did the little girl "Heaven" get all this attention? No, one little article about her mother having to go shopping for a dress to bury her in...gunned down in her neighborhood. Pathetic! Obama's "sons" ....but where is Al and Jesse and Obama for her??? Yep...racists, pure and simple. Won't comment when it's black on black...

      July 10, 2012 at 5:16 am | Report abuse |
    • It has to change

      @LOL you are pathetic and come in peace is eqaully pathetic. But also remember the words you say will always have consequences.

      July 10, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Karl

    Come on now, what if his family reads this.

    July 9, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "Яight Wing Иutcase"

      And "what if", the Martin family reads this. Put yourself in thier shoes. Some bloggers may appear like me...a nutcase. But..alack alas, a few of us may give them constructive criticism, to seek justice.

      July 10, 2012 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
    • raven

      Hey, Jeff Frank. I tried to reply to you specifically, but they just threw my post in some random spot. Also, I miss your updates on your cute little dog. I have a vivid image of him/her? in my mind.

      July 10, 2012 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Dieyoung

      You are an idiot. Blame it on the media, not the family. The media is the one giving every murder victim fame. The family is not cashing in on it? Have you seen them getting their own TV show or seeking out donations? No, they are living their lives in private.

      July 10, 2012 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
    • I Come in Peace

      The family put a trademark on his name, thus to cash in....sad, so sad, it's pathetic.

      July 10, 2012 at 5:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Veronica

      The Martin family raised this delinquent and then unleashed him on society...they are not blameless. Anyone could see that he was headed for a life of crime.

      July 10, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      Truth,the only one cashing in on it is Zimmerman with the $100,000 contribution from the NRA and his secret Pay pal account,that his lawyer now uses,nice ha!!

      July 10, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fancy Fashions

      You really think they can read? LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!

      July 10, 2012 at 5:01 am | Report abuse |
    • terry

      You honestly believe they can read?

      July 10, 2012 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Granger

      I hope they do read it....they're in denial, and simultaneously trying to cash in on it...while trying to add fuel to Obama's anti-firearm rhetoric....they need to be quiet and go home now. Sadly, their son is dead, but he was no angel....and they need to accept that.

      July 10, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • jamest297

      Not to worry – you realize they are knee grows too don't you.

      July 10, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • jamest297

      No worries about that happening. You do realize that they are knee grows too don't you.

      July 10, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • SillyCrap

      Yeah, it would be a shame to wake them up from their dream world.

      July 10, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harry Pelham

      Come on now, what if his family reads this.

      NO need to worry about that! They are much too busy jet-setting all over the world appearing on BET-TV passing trash-cans around with Brother Al Sharpton collecting Money! Money!! Money!!!

      July 15, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Becca

    Spike, How do you know this?? It is awful to say something like this...Geez what you say if it was your son and not Travon? Well I hope nothing ever happens to any child of yours because remember what goes around comes around. This child is not here to defend him self so that zimmerman can say what ever he wants to.

    July 9, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Truth

      Plus the evidence and witnesses back up Mr. Zimmerman story

      July 10, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Citigirl48

    You didn't have to reply with harsh words. To each it's own though. Hope when you die and a memorial is setup for you that no one will feel the way you do.

    July 9, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      ...but why would it be moved to a museum???

      July 9, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      appears to be a small community..why not...remember prominent events ..that's what museums do: 3d history pieces of history...

      July 9, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christopher Wood

      This is far from a prominent event. Will be forgotten about as soon as Football season starts after the 'not guilty' verdict and its aftermath.

      July 10, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sunny

      My question too. Why a museum? The parents should have taken the items into their own house.

      July 10, 2012 at 4:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Tired of Silly1

      Why would the parents want it? They only want orange buckets full of money, trips to Europe, and talk show appearances. They didn't care about their kid until his corpse became a cash cow.

      July 10, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Granger

      Yes, good idea. I don't want taxpayer dollars spent to immortalize this event.

      July 10, 2012 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Mario

      Exactly! When I die I want my stuff in a museum!!

      July 10, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • KIZZ60

      Its being moved to a museum because this thugs parents along with Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are trying to make this kid out to be a hero or something . This kid was suspended from school several times .. in fights ... tossing gang signs in some of his picks... picked up for possesion of criminal tools and more yet boo hoo the thug got killed . Race got nothing to do with it .folks.. Jesse Jackson and good ole Al Sharpton made this more then it should of been . It should of stayed in Florida .. not made a national joke. Jackson and Sharpton are the biggest racists around and they stired al this crap up to get back in the news. Poor little black boy killed by a white guy.. He was a thug who wanted to play the game but lost . Get over it already. Morn this child in your own home and stop making it a national deal.. hell next you will want it to be a holiday marked in the kids freaking honor... Jezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

      July 10, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. skittles

    how many empty cognac bottles and Arizona ice tea cans?

    July 9, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • It has to change

      As many as you had

      July 10, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. skittles

    hey tailbone., your memorials for the cremetary. Not some private housing area. The coudl have put it on his dads girlfreind front yard but the the HOA would get you.

    July 9, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • It has to change

      They will be sued pretty soon for allowing that doe doe to carry a gun and to kill a child and then to continually lie. Its funny how no matter what you people will defend him when even the Detectives the Prosecutor and now the Judge knows that he is a liar. What will it take, for him to kill again and again. Its sad that you people have so much hatred for another human being without any knowledge of that persons life or story. Its people like you and your cronies that people who do not look like you have to fight all the time for the simpliest of things in life. Your life must be very cold and dark. I feel sorry for you.

      July 10, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dan

    "It's not over until the fat lady sings" Can't remember who said that.

    July 9, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jane

    Let me pull you up by your boot straps bro. He's going down hard and swift, as he should. Get over it.

    July 9, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tee

      He's already gotten rich off of racist fools like yourself. More money will be coming his way also. So tough for you.

      July 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Todd

    Man, the hate on this board is sickening.

    No matter how you feel about the shooting or Zimmerman, this was someone's family member who died. Check yourselves, people.

    July 9, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    These types of memorials are all over the country...a memorial for the place a person has passed...if GZ had died that night instead of TM, there would have been a memorial for him there, too.

    July 9, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bob

    Moved to the Sanford Museum!?!?!????!?!??????? Huh?????????

    July 9, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    What a charming person you are, Spike.

    July 9, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bob2199

    The man with the gun does not yell for help. Zimmy confronted the kid, got knocked on his butt - rightly so - and then shot him. It's that easy

    July 9, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
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