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The Trayvon Martin case: George Zimmerman is a killer

Updated on July 11, 2013

Did George Zimmerman take his vigilante ways too far?

On the night of February 26, 2012, George Zimmerman took the life of an unarmed teenager, claiming his actions were in self-defense. Trayvon Martin, a teenager, was going to a convenient store when he was spotted, monitored, and tracked down by George Zimmerman.

George Zimmerman was a self-appointed watchman for the Retreat at Twin Lakes, where he regularly patrolled for many years, looking for suspicious individuals or activity in the neighborhood. His plans were to become a police officer which became an obsession for him, with some neighbors claiming he took his job as a watchman for the neighborhood too seriously.

George Zimmerman is a man who spent his life wanting to be a police officer. He attended a local sheriff’s departmental course, was part of security for a company, was taking criminal justice courses at a local community college, made himself well-known to the local police department, and attended and became certified to carry a concealed weapon. Many of his actions show a man who was determined to reach his goals through dedication and persistence.

However, George Zimmerman’s prior history paints a different picture of a disturbed, narcissistic individual, pretending to be a police officer, but never achieving this goal. As a watchman for the neighborhood where he lived, he patrolled and monitored the neighborhood, simulating how he believed law enforcement would respond. Carrying a weapon, patrolling the streets, and confronting ‘suspicious’ individuals without the assistance of law enforcement.

Over the years as a watchman, George Zimmerman reported several minor infractions, including open garage doors or suspicious individuals, pertaining to the neighborhood to 9-1-1. In George Zimmerman’s mind, he was enforcing the law. In reality, he was a sociopathic individual who thought he was untouchable to law enforcement and above following the laws that were created by the Nation.


Justice for Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin was just a teenage boy that tragically lost his life too soon. The Nation has focused on a possible racially motivated reason, but this is not why Trayvon Martin was killed. The reason for his untimely death was that he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Trayvon Martin, unaware of his fate that day, decided to get out of the house and walk to the convenient store. He decided to get something to drink and snack on, without realizing that this would be the last snack and drink he would ever have.

Unaware that he had been identified as a ‘suspicious’ person who was ‘up to no good’, Trayvon Martin was aware that he was being followed by an adult man. As Trayvon Martin continued on his way, he noticed that he was still being followed to the convenient store. He tried to flee from the man’s view once, only to be confronted by the same man after he left the convenient store. He was confronted by George Zimmerman, and the rest has become history.

George Zimmerman made the decision to become a Vigilante Killer that took the life of an unarmed, innocent teenage boy on the day of February 26, 2012. Hiding his sociopathic nature behind the Stand your ground law of 2005 has given him freedom temporarily, but hopefully this will change in the near future and provide justice for a teenager that lost his life at the hands of a Vigilante Killer.

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Justice must be served

Justice for a crime that is intended to be based on a fair and unbiased decision that are free from the opinions and interests of an individual. Each individual is considered innocent until proven guilty, regardless of the opinions provided by public opinion. The judicial system is faced with decision to decide a fair and just process for George Zimmerman and for Trayvon Martin. Unfortunately, George Zimmerman decided to create his idea of what is just and fair, by taking the life of a teenager who walked to a convenient store.

The Trayvon Martin shooting and death brought the Nation’s attention to the Florida’s Stand your ground law and to the man that shot an unarmed teenager on the night of February 26, 2012. Was George Zimmerman legally permitted to stand his ground against Trayvon Martin? Was Trayvon Martin a threat to George Zimmerman on February 26, 2012? Or, was this a product of his sociopathic tendencies that led him to satisfy his need to be more powerful than Trayvon Martin and prove his power?

The law has the moral duty to produce the results to achieve and preserve an individual’s right for justice to be served. To maintain and preserve justice, the Law faces the issue of enforcing the law without compromising the law’s definition through vigilante actions that interpret the meaning of what George Zimmerman interpreted as the Stand your Ground Law. The law is expected to preserve the justice for the right to life, liberty and the definition of what constitutes the violation of the law, not what constitutes the interpretation of an individual’s definition of the law. Trayvon Martin lost his life at the hands of George Zimmerman. The question now is, was it justified or was it murder?

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      Eve 2 years ago

      Normally I'm against killing but this article sleurhtaged my ignorance.

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      brian 4 years ago

      Black skin would be like a security guard for george zimmerman.

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      chipsball 4 years ago from Houston, Texas USA

      Trayvon would have remained unidentified on that slab until the story remained out of the media and most important... hidden from his parents knowledge.

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      Ralph Deeds 4 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Could well be.

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      chipsball 4 years ago from Houston, Texas USA

      I would surmise that Zimmerman had been previously warned by local law enforcement about carrying his weapon while on "watch" and ignored them before... as he did that night. He left his house with that gun to use it when he felt it was necessary. I would also surmise that when local law enforcement got the call of the shooting and heard the name Zimmerman...they were not surprised! The call that night went out to the Police Chief, who immediately came on the scene...Zimmerman was charges files...Thus the cover-up of the shooting begin when they purposely allowed Travan's body to remain on a morque slab unidentified... when they knew who he was and where his parent lived. Obstruction of Justice?

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      Ralph Deeds 4 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      add stalked "and confronted" Martin

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      Ralph Deeds 4 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Baloney. Zimmerman stalked Martin because he was a young black in a predominantly white neighborhood and killed him for no valid reason.

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      I must be racist 4 years ago

      Yes, he obviously hurt himself too. Let's not look at the video of him entering the hospital bleeding. Anyone who believe's this was not self defense is guilty of something called "reverse racism"... because anyone who believes a man protecting himself from someone of a different color must be racist.

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      chipsball 5 years ago from Houston, Texas USA

      Media reports that Zimmerman's defense team will not use the "Stand Your Ground" defense at his trial. Not sure if this is accurate, but if true then the argument initially advanced by Zimmerman's defense team on this Florida law obviously could not be supported by any evidence they could present from the witness stand. Most interesting!

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      Bradrick H. 5 years ago from Texas

      This is probably the most detailed hub that I've read on this story. In my opinion, George Zimmerman shouldn't have confronted Trayvon Martin. That's what this all boils down to. He never should have chased him. If Trayvon Martin most likely felt threatened, and probably did attack Zimmerman. That's something that anyone would have done if they were being followed by someone bigger than them. The bottom line is that if Zimmerman would have listened to authorities, this wouldn't have happened. I don't trust the justice system in America, so we'll see what happens. Again, well detailed information in this hub. Great job!

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      electricsky 5 years ago from North Georgia

      Your article leads me to believe you have already convicted Mr. Zimmerman without knowing more of the facts of what really happened that evening.

      On first glance at news articles, things look that way, but I was told from someone who read more articles on this matter than myself, that Trayvon had Mr. Zimmerman pinned on the ground and was pounding his head against the pavement? In which case it was self defense. Yes it is sad that such a young man had to meet his end this way but, we really don't have all of the facts do we?

      Let us assume Mr. Zimmerman is innocent until he is proven guilty and take it from there I suppose.

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Miakuna, very well written. I can't believe how huge this incident has become. Sanford, is actually 11 miles from my home, which makes this a very scary situation. The Central Florida news media has not verbalized the thought of George Zimmerman being a sociopath. They have, however, brought to light that his original attorneys stepped away from the case because Zimmerman would not do as advised. There's also local stories of Trayvon, who was 17, befriending a 12 year old (reportedly the reason behind going to the store for Skittles). The local media is playing both sides. Trayvon is a troubled kid, swaying those who are young and innocent. Then, Zimmerman, who acted without thinking.

      Frankly, I can't believe how huge this case has become. Unfortunately, this goes on all over America. Why has this case met global reaction? It makes one wonder.

      Don't mistake my sentiment. The act was heinous. I think the real question is, what circumstances bring these heinous acts to world light, when others go unnoticed?

      It's scary living so close to the dissent. It's also scary that some acts are so sensationalized as to bring attention to the committer. After all, isn't that what they're after? Look at the Casey Anthony case, also a world-wide expose. I was appalled that she was found not guilty!

      I just don't get it.

      Anyway, brilliant hub. Now we need to see what the jury decides....

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      Pryor 5 years ago

      That is so true if it was the other way around a lot of people know it but they don't want to say it. I have eyes and im not blind and this has been going on for many years. This black ladie shot this woman and took the babie and the car seat to and took off and now shes in prison and they are thinking about giving her the death sentence. I not saying she should not get it but I think every race should be equal and not white get a slap on the hand and blacks get death roll hear because if your wrong your wrong and im not taking either side I see to murders here and that's what im saying geroge whent and got out of his car and disobey the law and shot this boy dawn and this ladie shot this woman dawn next to her car and tkom the woman babie so this ladie should go to prison and geroge should go to point blank. Right is right and wrong is wrong period

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      Suzette Vearnon 5 years ago from Raleigh

      Your hubpage shows a great deal of research and thought where you try Florida's law by Florida's law -- brilliant. When I consider this, I'm reminded of my son who is now 22 years old. I know that he is a stellar human being but if someone was following him, he would have done the same. He would have called either his girlfriend or me, his mom, and talked in hopes that this would dissuade whatever intent this person had. And then to be approached and to find out this man was armed? Like anyone, he would have tried to talk the man down but if it seemed he could not reason with this person, he would call for help too.

      And let's say a scuffle did ensue. Nobody in their right mind wouldn't try to fight in defense of themselves. If there was even a possibility of bloodying a nose so that you could get away, you would grab whatever wasn't nailed down and do it.

      What is of concern for me as a black woman who has raised a black son, what's happened to Trayvon is all too common. I shudder to think of the "talk" I had to have with my middle school son, being the only black family in a prestigious white neighborhood. I wasn't worried about the neighbors whose kids he played with and who I fed and watched out for. I was more concerned of what would happen if he left their house after dark and the police was patrolling the neighborhood. Though this may not be the same case, anyone who is Black knows the dangers of our Black men walking in certain neighborhoods or driving certain cars--even if it's their neighborhood and their car.

      Yes, the laws are to protect everyone. I'm glad that they are. It just amazes me the care that is being exercised in this case when in others that may be reversed-a black man armed with a gun following a white child-he'd be rotting in jail right now.

      I'm not bitter, I'm just giving you my experience and it is indeed grounded in truth.

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      chipsball 5 years ago from Houston, Texas USA

      Great job! However judging Zimmerman's mental must first begin when he left his residence that evening ARMED and ready to use his gun when a confortation presented itself. As you stated he understood the ramifications of carrying a weapon when on "watch" but this night he wasn't on "watch" he was on "patrol" & packing heat ...he knew he would have the upper-hand on anyone inside this gated community. He also knew he was insulated through local law enforcement when acting outside his "duties" of neighborhood "watch". They had his back!

      Zimmerman also understood what the Florida Stand your Ground Law could be interpeted to mean for person wanting to take measure into their own hands. Zimmerman was studying and testing the new law waiting for the opportune time to use it to his advantage and Trayvon became his mark. He wanted to show local law enforcement that he was ready to join their ranks. Zimmerman's mental state that night was intentional, knowingly, malicious and in total disregard for the life of Trayvon Martin.

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      Dominiquebrock23 5 years ago from Los fresnos tx.

      He took a young boys life that shouldn't have been tookin. What us this world coming to. Everytim re I turn on the news its always about some dying

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      The Dix View 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Great, Great job! I agree with 100% of this and you nailed it! I never looked into Zimmerman's mental picture, thanks for great work here.

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      Lyndon Henry 5 years ago from Central Texas


      George Zimmerman is now in custody, and we'll see how the court case comes out.

      In my view, what's especially significant about the Trayvon Martin case is the degree to which it underscores my contention that America's social, economic, political, and criminal justice system is designed to intimidate, oppress, and more intensively exploit the country's black population -- see my article:

      Trayvon Martin shooting exposes pattern — Blacks are targets in America

      The other issue that has come to the fore is the resurgence of the racist extreme right, and their deployment of racial politics, in part to divert attention away from the dire economic crisis besetting the working class and the masses of the U.S. population.

      By far, this is the most ominous development to emerge from this otherwise tragic and outrageous case.

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      H C Palting 5 years ago from East Coast

      With all due respect GZ followed a child without knowing the facts, he continue to follow that kid despite being told he wasn't needed to do so by a police dispatcher, he confronted the kid without knowing the facts and took a life without knowing the facts. He has been arrested and that is all that was desired from the very start of this. Outrage grew because he wasn't arrested. No one can convict him outside of court and there are excellent lawyers, prosecutors, jurors, who can STILL be fair and this has been proven in court cases all around the country regardless of media coverage. An arrest does not mean a conviction. The fact is that if GZ took heed of what the dispatcher told him, he would not have a fraction of the problems or notoriety he now has.

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      redman 5 years ago

      Very bias post- you spend quite some time to lay out the case- but then judge Zimmerman- without knowing the facts.

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      Pryor 5 years ago

      This guy geroge is going to try to flee from the state and get some money so he can go to a other country watch if they don't stop him remmber his dad is a ex- judge he knows all the treaks and know how the system works and how to get people money and get people off to his dad is powerful and slick.

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      H C Palting 5 years ago from East Coast

      Just as I thought when he was not immediately arrested, GZ has gone AWOL. I cannot imagine how parents whose child was killed can function knowing who the killer is, he wasn't arrested, is soliciting donations to live and fight for his freedom, and is now supposedly "out of state." I was brought up with the belief that you don't blame others, you make the bed you lie in it. No running from your problems. GZ says he had to leave his employer, school, neighborhood, etc. due to "an incident." That child has had his life taken from him. There is an arrogance and sense of entitlement coming across on his website. How offensive it is that he cannot say what he has done while begging people to give him money. GZ would have never made a good officer, particularly knowing he has assaulted one.

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      Sergio 5 years ago

      It's a sad deal when a young guy lose his life over some candy and ice tea and trayvon was just going to the store wanted to get zome skittles and ice tea for cry out loud this guy geroge did not have common sents first you watch what people do and see what they do you don't call it in right away because could had been going home and that what he was doing and he was not doing any thing wrong just talking on the phone and minding his business.

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      miakouna 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this article. I thought it was great! I did not put my opinion on the racism part in the article because I thought there was not enough to call Zimmerman a racist even though

      I feel racism may have been a factor.

      I do think he is an unstable individual, considering his past responses to several incidents that show a pattern of aggressive behavior and a need for control.

      This case was very unfortunate and did catch my attention because Trayvon was minding his own business and he ended up losing his life. Hopefully justice will be served soon.

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      Lyndon Henry 5 years ago from Central Texas


      Thanks for an excellent analysis of this case. I've voted this Up and Useful.

      It's particularly useful because you lay out and document so many of the key facts. I agree with you that the evidence, added together, points to Zimmerman following -- I say, pursuing and stalking -- Trayvon, and provoking a confrontation (probably some kind of scuffle). This would certainly seem to be a defensive move on Trayvon's part -- he was carrying only the bag of Skittles, a can of tea, and his cellphone, and was only a few doors from the townhome where he was staying.

      The biggest atrocity in my view is that the authorities merely assumed Zimmerman was "justified" and Trayvon was some kind of DOA criminal. For a thorough fact-based discussion of this from a radical left perspective, see:

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      miakouna 5 years ago

      Thank you. I think the Nation needs to focus on the mental state of the man who decided to fire a weapon on an unarmed boy. Violence is never an answer and approaching a possible suspicious individual should be left to a trained professional that knows how to handle a suspicious individual without the use of deadly force.

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      Ralph Deeds 5 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Well done. I agree. Zimmerman should be indicted and tried. The stand your ground law should be repealed. Restrictions on the sale and use of handguns should be tightened, and carry permits issued only in circumstances where there is a threat to the applicant.