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. Lorelord

    WHat do you expect from our society these days? Welfare state breeds welfare heroes.

    July 10, 2012 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. RealNThisWorld

    Don't waste your time arguing a point of Trayvon Martin's innocense, even Adlolf Hitler had followers thousands of them and some that claim to be Neo Natzi's today were in Florida in support of Zimmerman. (Hitler I know was turning over in his grave!) Why try to enter a logical conversation with these people let them be. Let them send their riches to Zimmerman he is a hero in there eyes just as Hitler was a hero to some for wanting to kill and justify the killing of people because he had some life changing event that cosumed his brain and allowed him to go on a rampage. George Zimmeran is facing the same kind of demons and these people would follow him down the same path of insanity

    July 10, 2012 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I have a request: please do not send any plastic flowers, plaster saints, stuffed animals, balloons, or doughnuts to me on the occasion of my funeral.
    I won't enjoy them.

    July 10, 2012 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. Perro

    the reasons those murders don't have rallies and marches is because the police don't say there is not a need to arrest someone

    July 10, 2012 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son.

      The reason those murders don’t have rallies and marches is the majority of them are committed by other blacks. There is no money in calling for rallies and marches in cases like that. Isn’t that right Mr. Sharpton?

      July 10, 2012 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  5. It's reserved for us, not you

    "Justice for All" – of course this pious self-righteous statement wasn't intended for Zimmerman... he's excluded.

    Another typical one-way-street of these racist bigots.

    July 10, 2012 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Christopher Wood

      Keep walking with that crutch.

      July 10, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  6. Perro

    posts

    July 10, 2012 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  7. NoTags

    I don't know why the city of Sanford would get involved in preserving the Trayvon 'memorial' items in the city museum.

    I could understand it if the 'memorial' was in memory of a city official, a founder of the City of Sanford, etc. I see this type of memorial assembled by family and friends along the highways where a family loved one may have been killed in an auto accident, etc., but I do not recall any instance where a city or county has relocated the 'memorial' to a public building.

    In my opinion if the Martin family wanted this 'memorial' preserved, it should have been moved at the family's expense to a private location.

    July 10, 2012 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
    • ProudUSMCVet

      I agree. This entire mess is ridiculous. This is just another attempt by the Martin's being played as puppets by Sharpton, Jackson, the Black Panthers, etc. to make more money and prolong the issue.

      Pitiful if you ask me. He was just another teenage kid to the public. There is no way he "deserves" anything from the city or the public for that matter.

      July 10, 2012 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son.

      @ NoTags
      I agree. How is Zimmerman supposed to get a fair trial when the city is setting up memorials in public buildings?

      July 10, 2012 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  8. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son.

    I agree perro. When is the black community going to stop self segregating and making everything about race? Zimmerman is a cra-caker right? The fact that he is actually a Spanish speaking Hispanic is irrelevant.

    July 10, 2012 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  9. dhondi

    It will be prominently displayed in the museum of journalistic irresponsibility.

    July 10, 2012 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  10. Mike

    I think the FACT that despite all the money Martin's "parents" have collected already that they are *still* receiving social services benefits and no one no where in the media is pointing that out, is pretty telling.

    And that is not to mention WHY no one in the prosecutors office is talking about that either . . . .

    This whole situation stinks really, really, really badly. Neither "legal" or "justice" is on the agenda, that is a conclusion that is inescapable.

    July 10, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  11. Reed Rolai

    Opinions are like special openings in the human body, everyone has one and they ALL stink. What do you humans know anyway? There are dogs, cats, horses and elephants with more brains than people. Hate, bigotry will continue no matter what. " Why can't we all just shut up and get along".

    July 10, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Granger

      Good point....but, MOST of the issues where "WE" can't get along...starts with violence instigated by blacks....

      July 10, 2012 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Man. Watching the flames from both side makes me wish I brought some popcorn. The chaos that people generate on each side is just fun to witness.

      July 10, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  12. Obama Mama

    I clicked on Sanford Museum and it is a man who helped the citrus industry, with folk art, it has many items with the history of Sanford. I can only think that this memorial will be part of that which a law was made and what became of that law after a young man was killed in a neighborhood watch program, aimed at protecting it's citizens. History of that city.

    July 10, 2012 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  13. Granger

    Hey Pete, he attacked Zimmerman....he was asking for retribution, and he got what he asked for....he didn't anticpate that his impromptu "opportunity victim," would be armed....take your liberal nanny crap and go to "another channel.."

    July 10, 2012 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  14. Dott

    A thug started a fight on a shool bus was expelled for having weed in his back pack was found to have jewlery and burglar tools in his back pack etc.

    July 10, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  15. Granger

    I'll volunteer to remove the memorial, free of charge to the taxpayer. Just give me a minute to gas up my zero-turn mower.

    July 10, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • LatinFlavor

      Great post!!! Can't believe the purpose of removal!!! I've always said it. Parents are divorced, alleged victim runs wanders through a residential neighborhood to girlfriend of father who lives by the neighborhood, alledged victim was kicked out of school in FL that resulted in his re-locating with father in Dade-Miami, alledged victim came out to buy iced-tea and skittles for baby brother – REALLY??? No current snapshot of the alleged victim has been posted up to this date......is there a reason??? George Zimmerman was BEATEN to a pulp, not sure how he wasn't killed with his own gun???

      July 10, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • It has to change

      Granger volunteer to bath start there

      July 10, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
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