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. Imani

    Why waste your time to read and comment about Trayvon if your going to be mean and racist. Black, white, or Asian, he was a child. No one knows what really happened that night but Zimmerman and Trayvon. We shouldn't be so quick to judge. The hatred in this world amazes me

    July 9, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rascal Rabble

    memorials are great reminders to pray and honor the dead, for others to avoid repeating these horrific events, to remember the sacrifices and contribution of past heroes...martin memorial should stay until the verdict over zman is read...

    July 9, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Matt

    Yep I'm pretty sick of hearing about this story. Every day where I live we have multiple murders but I see no rallies or marches.

    July 9, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      This isn't just about a murder! Its about a local police department releasing a murder on his words without doing an investigation to determine what happened on the night the kid was murdered. What if someone murders your love one and the police say to you they released the assailant because he said he didn't do it or because he said he is innocent without doing an investigation to determine what happened? Would you be pleased? And yes, there are muders taking place in other places but the police don't turn the other cheek and release the suspect simply because the suspect says he's innocent! You have to do a thorough investigation before you release aan assailant and you cannot release an assailant on his words alone! This is a nation of laws after all! That is the difference here!

      July 10, 2012 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Obama Mama

      I think it has to do with the gun law in "question". A law that can be used Shoot in defense.

      July 10, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • It has to change

      Then do one. Why people keep saying this like someone else has to come a change things in your community if you don't cry out no one will hear you

      July 10, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Hope

    My thoughts and prayers remain with the Martin family. I pray they find justice for their son and that, somehow, this incident will effect a change in the way they perceive others. No matter what one thinks of Trayvon or Zimmerman, it's clear to see the resulting pain. Both lost their lives, that night... but one is responsible and the other was much too young to die.

    Justice for Trayvon

    July 9, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hope

      After reading some of the comments, it helps me realize just how little people care for one another. It's not racism I see, it's hatred. Hatred for the victim, hatred for the perp and hatred of one family's right to seek out justice for a boy who could have ended up in a dumpster somewhere and long forgotten.

      I admire a family who stands against ridicule, but won't be turned away. That's love. How on earth one can criticize them is beyond my comprehension.

      July 9, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • terry

      He already got his justice!

      July 10, 2012 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. WD

    You probably summed up the real life conversation. Paraphrasing of course, but I think you're accurate.

    July 9, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Concerned

    Some people can be so heartless. Its not our job to judge. Who's the judge? God is the judge.

    July 9, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • paul

      judge not and ye shall not be judged

      July 9, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Noxomus

      Trayvon should be an example to all young black men that they should change the way they think . . . .

      July 10, 2012 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
    • terry

      Here come da judge!

      July 10, 2012 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Granger

      NOXOMUS – So True....but, evidently the majority aren't getting the wake up call....and that's prodded on by the liberal media.

      July 10, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  7. Iamrightyouarewrong

    I just read Trayvon Martin memorial removed nothing else. Thank GOD it's been removed.

    July 9, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    CNN. Why do insist on removing my posts.

    July 9, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Truth

      I have the same problem, lol I wonder why

      July 10, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Just a pusher trying to settle the score with his client. Pay up or get whacked.

    Here CNN let's try this again.

    July 9, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Some of my people are telling me I have a really low opinion of Zimmerman and Martin and I should be ashamed of myself, but none of them have proved me wrong yet.

    July 9, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • homeboy

      Your people.......You own people....please.

      July 10, 2012 at 4:11 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Hatred? Your poor boy had THC in his bloodstream, according to the toxicology report of the coroner.
    No. I don't like to see kids like this wind up in the dumpster. At best if he were alive he should be in a rehab clinic.

    July 10, 2012 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
    • It has to change

      And you should be right next to him. I know you have abused a lot of drugs

      July 10, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    I don't think it will come down to aquittal.

    July 10, 2012 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  13. ScottyB

    Why is this news, I mean really. The dude went looking for trouble and found it. He knew the consequences.

    July 10, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
    • lionhart

      The only things he was looking for was an iced tea and skittles. He never asked for what he got.

      July 10, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • It has to change

      Yeah and you where right there when it happened, OMG why didn't they call you case over. I guess they couldn't find you in rehab

      July 10, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Luek

    Thank god almighty that these precious religious objects have been preserved. The Lord sent St. Trayvon to die for us all for the sins of white privilege and racism. And to rid the world of the Great Serpent Zimmerman. Plans are in the works now to build a massive cathedral to house the religious objects referred to in this article. Buy some Skittles and a can of Arizona Tea and have your own holy communion in worship of St. Trayvon.

    July 10, 2012 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
    • homeboy

      Are you crazy?????

      July 10, 2012 at 4:04 am | Report abuse |
    • It has to change

      Yayy thank you sounds good

      July 10, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Some things to be proven. 1. Martin wasn't Zimmermans client. If he wasn't, then why didn't Zimmerman simply wound him in the leg? There is an intent to kill. Why?

    July 10, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
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