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. Granger

    Of course it's a publicity stunt...blacks love to assume and milk the "victim," role....once Zimmerman is found not guilty, they'll file a civil suit against the city of Sanford, if they haven't already, because someone let their child get shot.

    July 10, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dott

    If Zimmerman had no marks on him then you could think that he just shot Trayvon because he was black..... That is what you blacks want to think. Then why did he have marks showing he had been in a struggle? Plus I know you would love it if Trayvon was shot in the back. NOT! Zimmerman will never spend any more time in jail. Or at least I Hope not.

    July 10, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. MymanDarwin

    Pete – If Trayvon was my kid he would NOT have been out that late at night for a candy and drink run. He CERTAINLY would not have been walking as I would have taken him. And he would NOT be dressed like a wannabe gangster thug sneaking around the neighborhood and being aggressive towards an older adult who is asking him what he is up to.

    But he was NOT my kid and now we have one less criminal to worry about.

    July 10, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      @Darwin,it wasn't that late,only halftime of a game.And it starting to rain,something it does sometimes in Florida ,thats why the hood being used,any more facts or you can get yours from FOX,right!!He's not a criminal,not sneaking around and he didn't live but blocks from the store,is your neighborhood that bad you have to baby your kid by driving them everywhere.I don't wanna live in your town and I'm a gun owner..And last but not least ,he never identified himself to Trayvon,its in the police reports,another wanne be lawyer that's also a racist,any come backs smart guy!!I'm white too,not trailer trash,like most of you,and it shows!!

      July 10, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kevin Nivek

    What kind of name is Phonesia? It sounds like an affliction that makes you forget your phone is ringing.

    July 10, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ryan

    Some of the people who dismissed Trayvon as a thug are racists, plain and simple.

    I cannot wait to see the racists' reactions when Mr. Zimmerman is found guilty of all charges.

    July 10, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Dott

      When all the real evidence is reviewed, Zimmerman will never spend another day in jail. I mean the facts not things that have been made up by the blacks. He will be free.

      July 10, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Truth

      The only thing you are going to see is Mr. Zimmerman go free and Mr. Zimmerman sue ABC and NBC for deformation of character.

      July 10, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tired of Silly1

    My kids don't attack people. They don't loiter and prowl at night. They don't use illegal drugs, they don't vandalize schools, etc. etc. etc. If one of my kids got killed because they attacked and tried to kill a man, I'd be mortified that I hadn't done a better job of raising them, not passing around buckets for money or pretending to cry on TV.

    July 10, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  7. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Zimmerman is a cold blooded murderer, a thug, a coward and a first class liar! On the night of the incident he told the dispatcher that Trayvon approached him or in his words, "he's coming to check me out" (that is after Trayvon was tired of running for his life after being stalked) but on the police report recently released to the puyblic on Zimmerman's testimony at the precinct, he told the police that Trayvon was hiding in the bushed and suddenly he jumped out of the bushes and attacked him. Then if that was the case, how come Zimmerman didn't say that to the dispatcher on the night of the shooting? Instead he said, "he is coming to check me out." What a modern day travesty!

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

      Blah Blah you should go in to criminal justice!!! I guarantee you might only last less than 24 hours!!!!

      July 10, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • LatinFlavor

      Why didn't they choose a snapshot of the alledged victim wearing his famous HOODIE that proves he was so innocent? Theat would have been perfecto for the museum!!!

      July 10, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • The Truth

      blah blah, where are you getting your information from, are you getting it from ABC and NBC. Dont you know that they manufactured evidence in this case. So whois the dumb one now, lolol

      July 10, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Truth

      Blah Blah, please use proper grammar, because you sound like an idiot, lol You must be a mamber of the black coward party, am sorry the black panther party. same thing

      July 10, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jamest297

    Did any of you people read the list of things moved to the museum? That must be one IMPRESSIVE museum they have there in Sanford.

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

      MOVED to the museum, not DISPLAYED by the museum.

      My guess is they, unlike many of the commenters here, have SOME compassion and don't want to offend the family that LOST THEIR SON by damaging or losing parts of the memorial. Since 'not damaging or losing stuff' is kind of a museum's job description, it kinda makes sense for them to do it.

      July 10, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Dott

      Sandford deserves to be burned down with stupid moves like this. A memorial to a thug? Give me a break.

      July 10, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JudgeDB

    Pete, I didn't realize you were a witness to this case! Since you have insider information to the case (aka you "know" that Trayvon is completely innocent) you shouldn't be blabbing on the internet. You'll jeopardize everything!

    In all seriousness, all the facts are not in yet. You only know the story the media has portrayed. Jumping to any conclusions at this point is just stupid. We have a justice system for a reason. Let it work, then draw your conclusions after EVERYTHING has come to light.

    July 10, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Vesstair

      I know that Zimmerman chased him, which is exactly what the 911 operator told him NOT to do.

      Trayvon might or might not have done something wrong... but Zimmerman DEFINITELY did.

      July 10, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. Michael

    I am surprised why Eric Holder move these items to Obama's campaign bus?

    July 10, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      Wal-Mart has sale on white sheet and burning cross! Go tell all your confederate friends!

      July 10, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  11. Granger wears a Hood

    Yep, a pointy white one.

    July 10, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  12. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    @LatinFlavor

    Could you please explain what partt of my comment you disagree with? What I stated is what George Zimmerman told the Sanford police prior to shooting Trayvon and what he later told the police after being apprehended! He gave two conflicting stories of what happened the night the child was shot! Hey, I'd last more than 24 hours in CJ because I use the facts presented!

    July 10, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • motionlessinpink

      Facts presented by who. You have information not facts. The information is taken from unreliable sources that have a vested interested in creating chaos. Unless you are one of the attorney's in this case you have nothing but an interpretation.

      July 10, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Moishe

      An 18 year old is not a child first of all. And..........the police gave out what zimmerman said, correct. But, not all of it, out of context and it was reported by someone who makes his articles sound more interesting than they are. So maybe they gave the information out both times in it's entirety and he reported every other line each time leaving a word or two out each time to make it sound conflicting.

      July 10, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Dee Dee

      Moishe, TM was 17. I'll spell that out... s e v e n t e e n.

      July 10, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    @ LatinFlavor

    And by the way, I do have a degree in Criminal justice and I have been in the field for over two decades! Ha!

    July 10, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Christopher Wood

      I'm a Doctor and Lawyer!

      July 10, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Greasy

      You both have got to be kidding..........

      July 10, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Dott

      Who cares????

      July 10, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. BigHwasdemo

    They should have just thrown it in the trash with the rest of him. Long live Zimmerman, the Obama martyr.

    July 10, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      I hope your trashy love ones get murdered! I'd donate money to the murderer!

      July 10, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Biff

      Nice comment Mr. paralegal. Death to his family. You're nothing but a jerko** with a keyboard. I'll bet, no girlfriend and certainly no wife and no prospects. Your parents must be proud.

      July 10, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  15. Pete

    Agnar the terrible,look in the mirror jerk,maybe you should be gone as well,bigot!!

    July 10, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
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