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Zimmerman Trial: Trayvon was going home
Last person to hear Trayvon alive!
George Zimmerman deserves to be on trial
The George Zimmerman trial has started and witnesses have testified and we have more information about what they perceived on that night. Last summer, during all of the protest, I like several others gave my opinion about evidence as it surfaced. I got some things wrong and I apologize for that, but I got more right. Here is what witnesses have said:
- They heard a scuffle or argument, and minutes later they heard a pop and came out to see Trayvon lying on the ground and Zimmerman walking around.
- They heard a more ‘dominant voice and another childlike voice.
- They saw a larger figure on top of a smaller figure.
- That Trayvon reported that he was being followed by someone and that he tried to lose him, but came around a corner and saw him right behind him.
- That it was suggested to Trayvon that he run again, but he said no.
- That Trayvon asked, “What are you following me for?”
- The other voice said, “What are you doing around here?
- Trayvon was heard saying, "Get off! Get off!
- Witnesses heard a voice yelling for help.
- There was no blood on Trayvon’s hands or clothes from Zimmerman.
- There were no fight marks on his hands.
- It took two minutes from the time Zimmerman called the police until Trayvon’s phone went dead.
- The person who had been burglarizing the complex had been caught and that they lived there*.
Trayvon Martin was trying to go home. He was not robbing anyone and he was not being suspicious. He was going to his house. Zimmerman had no reason to follow him and when he did, he scared this young man and he ran. Zimmerman ran after him. One witness testified that she heard an out-of-breath Zimmerman respond to Trayvon’s question. He did not say I am Martin Zimmerman, Neighborhood Watch representative or that I live here and I was just making sure everything was alright. He asked this person who was already scared, “What are you doing here?”
I already know what your complaints will be. Trayvon called Zimmerman a ‘crazy assed cracker’ and I would say, yes, but he also called George a ‘nigga’ and said that he was following him. I hate any of these words so do not respond to me that I am racists. I do not believe anyone should be using race labels. Trayvon was being a modern teen and his only goal was to get home.
You are also going to say, well if Trayvon had been more respectful, there would not have been a fight. I work with troubled teens every day. One thing that I have found out and that I practice is being an adult with them. Zimmerman was the adult in this situation and a simple, “My name is George and I’m the Neighborhood Watch guy,” could have stopped this situation. Zimmerman was the adult and he was responsible for this situation escalating and not the scared 17-year-old who thought he was being followed by some creepy older person.
My entire point last summer, mistakes included, was to get to this point where this story could be told in court. It baffles me that anyone thinks that on a rainy night, a young man in a hoodie, who was just going back home from the store deserved to die. Trayvon Martin did not deserve to die and George Zimmerman deserves to be on trial for shooting him. IT does not matter what the jury does, we now know that Trayvon was running and going home.