The REAL real Trayvon Martin

Trayvon's photos

Photos some people don't want you to see

Recently, I had several people post on my blog about photos of Trayvon Martin showing an older teen who was more “thuggish”. So, being who I am, I went on a search for those photos and the story they told and found out that bloggers and Zimmerman supporters “cherry-picked” images from those accounts to show a darker side of Trayvon. However, a look at all the images shows a young man who was teenager. The pictures show him excited about his prom, fishing with his dad, in a car, and preparing to inspect an airplane engine. I chose to post 11 here.

I also found out that a hacker had broken into Trayvon’s accounts and found out that he was just a normal kid. His Gmail account was filled with information on college and his Facebook account had more of cherubic images that Zimmerman supporters hate. Yes, he did have a tattoo of his mother’s name. He did flip off the camera in one picture and he did try on a grill. He even lied about his age.

Conservatives and Zimmerman supporter’s say they want the truth, then my question is why? Why choose from only the “negative” images—notice the quotes. I’ve posted most of the pictures that I could find here.

All we want is for Zimmerman to be arrested and be judged by a jury of his peers for the death of a young man. Trayvon did not have to die on February 26. George Zimmerman needs to stand trial for causing Trayvon’s death. However, let’s stop trying to smear this young man’s name. His pictures show that he was a normal kid.

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SpanStar 4 years ago

As sad as it is there are those of us that no level is too low for us to stoop to. I suspect their main objective is to prove their point by any means necessary.

I take it from their viewpoint being a perfect human being isn't good enough which I believe the torturing and killing of Jesus the Christ bears that out.

Note from some of these peoples perspectives is not about right or wrong but rather winning or losing.

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habueld 4 years ago from Riverside, CA Author

You hit the nail on the head.

Ann 4 years ago

He looks like a nice young man to me.

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Jillian Barclay 4 years ago from California, USA

You hit the nail on the head! This beautiful young man is now being victimized again and it makes me sick!

My son told me today that if he ever goes to Florida and runs into Zimmerman, he will be terrified and may have to "stand HIS ground".

The people who are trying to depict Trayvon as a thug are morons! Skittles and iced tea really make kids look scary, I guess...

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habueld 4 years ago from Riverside, CA Author

i agree. Thanks.

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CR Rookwood 4 years ago from Moonlight Maine

He looks like a normal kid to me. My son dressed in a similar way well into his early 20s. Even if this kid WAS a thug, which I don't believe for even half a second, it doesn't make it OK for a private citizen to shoot and kill him. What bothers me most about all this is the lack of due process. Zimmerman should be arrested, charged, and tried in court. That's the right way to handle it. It is truly sickening that he is still walking around free and people are defending this.

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LHwritings 4 years ago from Central Texas


Hubueld, thanks for posting these photos, and your persistent dedication to reality in this case. I've voted this Up and Useful.

Joe Scarborough, a moderate conservative with a show on MSNBC, has similarly denounced the rightwing smear campaign against Trayvon. See:

Joe Scarborough On Trayvon Martin: Conservatives Are 'Fools' For Taking Political Stance (VIDEO)

Here are excerpts from that article:


Joe Scarborough condemned some conservatives and right-leaning websites for trying to turn Trayvon Martin's death into a political cause on Friday's "Morning Joe."


On Friday, he excoriated some conservative websites for defending Zimmerman and questioning Martin's innocence. He said that he found their behavior "disgusting."

"Why is it that some on the right are actually taking this up as a cause?" Scarborough asked. "As National Review said almost immediately after it happened, this has nothing to do with gun rights, this has nothing to do with the Second Amendment, this has nothing to do with stand your ground laws, this has nothing to do with the NRA. This has everything to do with a guy that's trying to play security cop, who is unhinged, who chased down and shot a 17-year-old kid armed with Skittles and iced tea.'"


He said, "some racist websites, but also sadly some fairly mainstream websites are actually going into Trayvon Martin’s social media pages, be it Twitter or MySpace, and they're trying to find ominous looking pictures while skipping over pictures of him holding up a birthday cake smiling, him fishing with his dad, him standing outside proudly of his home dressed in a tux ready to go to prom."

"This is beneath contempt," Scarborough railed. "These people on the far right are being fools to try to make this a political issue.”

"Some out there are marginalizing themselves, making fools of themselves," he continued. He speculated that they took issue with President Obama's remarks about Martin's death. "I guess in their warped, twisted, distorted, political worldview, that makes this dead 17-year-old boy — who was kept in the morgue for three days before they even notified his parents of his whereabouts — I guess that makes it okay?" he said.

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glmclendon 4 years ago

I wonder how we can take a kid and laugh at his death and excuse the one that did the deed? Since you think it is okay would it be alright if this happened to your kid?

We are better then this kind of behavior. This was a young kid, not perfect, but young. You were young, you may not have lived like him it was a different time. This was the child of someone and they loved him just like you love yours.

I can find no reason to kill this kid, and if the truth be told you can not either.Some of us are so filled with hate and bitterness we have become blind to what is right.

Look over your your life and see if there is any difference between how this kid was living and how you were living at that age. Some things you didnot do because we did not know about doing it.

As a Christian I think two lifes have become tainted. I know the Bible will tell you to judge ye not. Right now I am hearing people trying to be judge and jury.

I can not make you change your mind and you may think this is right,but I will ask what would you want done if this was your child? Have a good night sleep.

Stay Well

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Rodric29 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

This is the type of information that needs to be shown. We don't not need to bury Zimmerman when a fair trial, if it comes to that, will do just fine. This is a good way to honor the memory of that Child of God.

It brings me to tears to realize that his life was snuffed out at the beginning.

I am against blasting Zimmerman or Martin.

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Rodric29 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

glmclendon, you are right that this is no laughing matter. This is a tragedy for the Martins and the Zimmermans. Both families lost lives.

The media has taken Zimmerman's life. He is a minotiry and a vitim of the hatred of people who do not have all the facts about him or the TOTAL ERROR he made if it is determined that he killed Trayvon in self-defense.

If he killed him any other way, then I can only pray for justice to prevail and ask that God open the minds of the investigators to find the evidence or convict Zimmerman to confess.

Le 4 years ago

He looks older to me on at least 3of those Pics he look quit to me and well manered

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tmarie423 4 years ago

I agree Zimmerman needs to be punished but I also must point out that not all republicans or white people are out to smear Trayvons image or in support of Zimmerman. Trayvon was just a kid and he deserves justice. It's as simple as that but unfortunately so far his family is left to face the fact that they lost their son and no one is paying for the crime except for those who knew and loved Trayvon. This is a case where the justice system failed miserably and I can only hope and pray that Zimmerman is eventually punished for what he did to that young man.

Sergio 4 years ago

These pictures should not have to to with trayvon him self. This kid went to the store and got some candy and ice tea not doing any thing wrong but going to the store to get candy and ice tea I had to say that twice because people that are on geroge side may not get it and then geroge spots trayvon and says he looks like hes up to nogood this kid has on a hoodie because its raining out so geroge should wait until trayvon walk and see where hes going and not get out of his car because he was told not to get out of your car so he disobey the call anyway and runs after trayvon and meets up the trayvon so geroge does not have on a security shirt on or a security jacket on or a.ything tells you that he only have on street clothes on. If I was geroge I would just let this kid go because hes wrong and I cant live with my self if I shot and killed some body that deed nothing at all and geroge lies a lot and say what people want to here and if geroge get off we may never no the truth and geroge walks because trayvon comes out of his dad girl friend house to get skittles and ice tea I dont understand. It was raining out side so trayvon put his hoodie on not to be cool or to be a gang banger but because it was raining out thats common sents if any body does hope you do and it seems geroge did not he should had watch trayvon and see where he went to that would been better and trayvon would had been alive today thats what we have to look at not some pictures that trayvon did because alot of kidd get in trouble at that age or something worst. But killing a kid or aman or anybody because he looks up to nogood is not a good answer it dont fligh not on my watch.

Alex T 4 years ago

The media spins this WAY out of control.

Take away the color, take away the appearance, age and weight.

Now mediate.

Pryor 4 years ago

Geroge is running if I was innocent Iwould not run or hide

JJ 4 years ago

Anyone notice he is called "white" he is PERUVIAN!!!!! Es Peruanoooooo, por eso es LATINOOOOOOOOOOO... This is not about race, or ethnic anything.. this is a tragic story. The fact that race is a part of it is insane. The country is divided. Don't you see this is a political stunt?? But if his name was Gonzales then it would have been oh that illegal immigrant Mexican! Look at yourselves, and think about what this case is really about. A shooting. How many shootings happen each day? Well here we have 385 a year or so; the news don't run here because majority of the victims are black, and so are the shooters. What that doesn't deserve attention? Why? What about the young man working the night shift, trying to go to college, in the bodega; gunned down last 4 weeks ago in Juniata Park, Philadelphia?? What about 4 black kids running in to rob him and shoot him to death, after he gives them the money?? Where is the police where Latinos die? where is the news on this case? He had a family and friends. His mom is not getting hundreds of dollars for interviews or the presidents attention. why? Because these are politics my friends! Look at this for what it is, a tragedy for both families.

Que Pena!

Outraged 4 years ago

Your cherry picking with this write-up alone.

I also went on-line and did my research and saw many other pics of this so called angel of a kid that you seemed to have left out. I also see that he was suspended from school for 10 days cause he punched a bus driver in the face. Hmmm...... I also see that when they went in his locker, they found womens jewelery and an item that was described as a burgulary tool. Hmmmmmm.....

I also see that before his FB page was taken down it cleary showed he was also dealing drugs. Hmm.....

I too want justice like everyone else, but lets wait for the facts to come out in court PLEASE.

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habueld 4 years ago from Riverside, CA Author

Pero, su papa es blanco y tambien mucha gente que yo conozco de Peru piensan que no son equales como Los Mexicanos y los de Centro Americano. No has visto las noticias donde siempre tienen historias de los Afro Americanos que hacen violencia. Este siempre esta en el tele pero los de mas no son interesante cuando los negros se matan una y la otra.

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habueld 4 years ago from Riverside, CA Author

All of what you are saying has been hashed out. He was never charged with anything. The police didn't even tell his mother about the Jewelry. It doesn't matter what this kid did, he was a kid. Kids do stupid stuff and their race doesn't matter.

Outraged 4 years ago

I did not bring up race. In fact, I feel that without the media, race has nothing to do with this case. Two people at the wrong place at the wrong time and they could have been any color. What lead them to this place is the kind of poeple they are. Both are confrontational types and this was the outcome. Sad really.

The media has sensationalized this case from day one when they ran with pics of Trayvon that were 4 years old.

You say that has all been hashed out. Please send a link to where I can read that as I am very interested. I have heard of no such info. Where did the jewelry come from? Why was he suspended for 10 days from school? That is a long time! Did he punch the bus driver in the face?

Agreed that kids are kids and do stupid things. My only point is that we can learn a lot about kids these days from just looking at their activity on-line. Many times parents, of all races, learn about their kids from online sources. Now, everything I have seen online about Trayvon points to anythying but this peaceful little angel his parents and the media are selling us.

I happen to just stumble upon this site/forum.

I am in no way taking sides on this. I would just like to see the facts come out and justice be served. I am just so tired of the media and Al Sharpton types who thrive off dividing the community, making every single issue about race.

I am disgusted with the media and this FL stand your ground law clearly needs to be re-looked at.

Everyone has jumped on the bangwagon to fry Zimmerman.

Everyone wants justice! The issue is, they want justice and they dont even know what happened.

We know that Zimmerman called the cops and made plans to meet them. WHAT IF at that point Zimmerman did go back to his car at which point he was confronted by Trayvon who then attacked Zimmerman and ended up on top of him and continued to beat him at which point Zimmerman shot Trayvon. Is that self defense? Just something to think about.....the law itself has some serious issues.

The charges against Zimmerman are very severe so the prosecuter must have something. If not, this is all a waste of time. Would not be the first time.

Thanks for allowing me my $0.02

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kkingcrabb 4 years ago from Georgetown, S.C.

Your entire hub nor any of the other hubs supporting the Martin family mentions the fact that Trayvon GOT AWAY from his pursuer only to TURN BACK and follow Zimmerman back to his car, you say Zimmerman should not have followed maybe you are correct but once Trayvon got out of sight of Zimmerman (running in the dark, why?) why did he not go on home? The girlfriend he was on the phone with told police that Martin confronted Zimmerman, there was no need for him to confront him he could have continued home, both individuals contributed to this incident which had nothing to do with race in any way shape or form unless Trayvon was upset because he thought he was being racially profiled, Zimmerman was not sure he was black even after following him for a short time.

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habueld 4 years ago from Riverside, CA Author

Ok, Crabb, let's put this in another context. Trayvon Martin is a blonde hair, blue-eyed girl. She decides to walk to the store at 7:00 to but a couple of snacks. Some guy in an SUV starts to follow her. Now, my question to you is how should she react? And, why should a 17-year-old black boy react any differently?

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kkingcrabb 4 years ago from Georgetown, S.C.

How should she react? If she had lost her pursuer then she should go on home and tell her parents that she was being followed by a strange man or if she had a cell phone (like Trayvon did) call the police herself!

Not go back and confront a strange man that she has no idea what he is intending to do to her. There is nothing you can say that justifies him turning around intent on confronting his pursuer, call the police or go home and tell your parents and let them call the police do not take matters into your own hands, because this is the result.

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kkingcrabb 4 years ago from Georgetown, S.C.

habueld , every hub I have seen that you have written is nothing more than race baiting. You have already twice tried to bait me into racist remarks. I am not sure if you believe this stuff you are writing or if you are just using this sensationalized story to further your own popularity.

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habueld 4 years ago from Riverside, CA Author

He was 70 yards away from home. Why should he run from someone who is following him, doesn't he have the right to stand his ground. His father wasn't home. He was out to dinner with his fiance.

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kkingcrabb 4 years ago from Georgetown, S.C.

He was being followed not being attacked, the law states if you are attacked you have the right to stand your ground, he was only being followed and he confronted Zimmerman.

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kkingcrabb 4 years ago from Georgetown, S.C.

I am a member of the Sioux Nation in particular the Chicora Tribe who are native to the coastal South Carolina area. Native Americans were killed, raped, and herded on to reservations while their land was being stolen. They have been killed to near extinction and they don't cry racism nearly as often or as loudly as blacks. How many Jewish people were baked alive in ovens because of their race?

I have one question, where would you be right now if African slaves were never brought to this country and do you think you would have been afforded a college education and a job writing at one of the biggest Newspapers in the country?

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kkingcrabb 4 years ago from Georgetown, S.C.

"The relationship between the Indian people and the local and federal governments has always been an adversarial one. Fear of land lawsuits (and recently gambling) has caused many elected officials to deny our existence. The federal and state laws were amended to guarantee Blacks the same freedoms as Whites. This has never been done for Indians. We are the only race in this country that must prove who we are, and we are the most regulated people in America today! We were not even allowed to become citizens until 1924, and worse still, Indian graveyards were not protected until 1987.

The omission of protection allows those who see our heritage as a money-making opportunity to take advantage of us. Recently in Virginia there was a market that sold Indian artifacts, and in one case had a pair of moccasins on display and for sale with the skeletal feet still inside! In another case a person bought a graveyard and bulldozed 36 of 40 tombstones before our efforts with the local media caused him to stop."

This was taken from a federal website, now explain to me why this continues today?

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habueld 4 years ago from Riverside, CA Author

Seriously? How many uneducated Africans have you ever met? South Africans, Kenyans, Egyptians, and Ethiopians are some of the most educated people on the planet--black and white. There is absolutely no justification or nothing good that came out of the American slave trade. They took the best and brightest Africans and brought them here and then refused to educate them for over 400 years. Seriously??

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kkingcrabb 4 years ago from Georgetown, S.C.

The American slave trade? habueld is it not a historic fact that African tribes enslaved their enemies after winning a battle then traded those slaves to Europeans? Yes Americans were involved in the slave trade and even expanded it beyond its origins, but it began with the African people enslaving other Africans of the same race and nationality and trading them for trinkets,rum, food and other various items.

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habueld 4 years ago from Riverside, CA Author

And...your point? I know the history of the slave trade. It doesn't exclude the fact that the most heinous acts during slavery happened right here on American soil. Most European countries ended slaver more than 100 years before the US. War is hell and warring African tribes needed to get rid of their enemies and make money. They did so by doing the untenable and selling their own people. It is my belief that Africa has been paying for that sin every since.

The fact is that slavery here was an atrocious institution that was meant to dehumanize people and keep them enslaved physically, mentally, and emotionally. Your earlier question of where would I be if I had remained in Africa, well probably a doctor or a lawyer, but as a kid in this country I had high school counselors tell me that those were pie dreams and that I would never be a doctor. I needed to set my goals lower.

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habueld 4 years ago from Riverside, CA Author

@kkingcrab, You actually believe that Africans sold people for rum. You took one line from a wikipedia post and made it a fact. Man people need to read history. Warring African tribes began selling slaves for several reasons: the most prominent one was war. Conquering tribes would sell the people from a vanquished tribe into slavery or kill them. They sold slaves for political power, for political alliances, and yes for goods and services. Wow!!

FYI: Slavery in Africa was indentured servitude. I'll let you look that up for yourself.

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kkingcrabb 4 years ago from Georgetown, S.C.

You don't have to believe it, its a fact. The trade route went from Africa to the Carribean carrying slaves on Spanish ships, they traded the slaves for sugar cane, the sugar cane was taken to American refined into sugar and some stayed as sugar and some was used to make rum, and yes one of the items they carried back to Africa to trade for the slaves was rum. The fact remains that the first African slaves were owned by Africans and they traded them for trinkets and rum much like the Native Americans traded land for guns, trinkets and whiskey. What does that matter now I never owned a slave, my father never owned a slave and you yourself have never met anyone who was a slave. My people were herded off their lands, murdered by the millions, raped and tortured and this was their land!!!!

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