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Zimmerman Trial: Trayvon was going home

Updated on June 26, 2013

Last person to hear Trayvon alive!

Rachel Jeantel was speaking on the phone with Trayvon Martin when he encountered George Zimmerman.
Rachel Jeantel was speaking on the phone with Trayvon Martin when he encountered George Zimmerman. | Source

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.

Other EVIDENCE:

  • 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.

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      Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      This is a very good hub. How horrible it must have been for that Trayvon. He must have been so frightened, a large man following him. The large man had guns. Trayvon did not.

      Please don't think I am crazy, but I think the devil created racism, and is using it, and it is working.

      Trayvon is only one of the many examples of it.

      Thank you for writing this hub.

      God bless you

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      Lori J Latimer 3 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      More and more we are seeing a trend of victims being put on trial, while vigilantes are given Carte Blanc to wipe out those they choose with little more than a slap on the wrist...shameful - Good Hub

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      Michelle Barrows Carter 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Such a well written Hub! I will share this Hub on my Google+. It is so clearly stated that my friends, some of who have not been following the case as closely as me will be able to get a better understanding.

      My heart is truly breaking. Every time I see those sneakered feet sticking out from under that plastic sheet I see my own sons’, nephews etc. It is just horrible. I am confident the jury will see the truth and convict Zimmerman. If not, hmmmmm, not sure how I will react.

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      Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      I hope this case is followed carefully, I agree with LillyGrillzit. Vigilantes should be given more then a slap on on the wrist.

      I still believe those who follow racism are following satan.

      And once again please forgive me, I still think racism was created by satan.

      I have or had a father who was very dark. Not by biological father, but I still called him "dad"

      He is on one of my hubs.

      He died last week.

      I just don't understand racism. We all have red colored blood. Our bone are white, our brains are gray, our DNA is so close.

      My father told me that racism was created by satan.

      Ok, I will shut up now please forgive me for talking to much.

      But, I really believe racism is evil.

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      Bruce Bean 3 years ago from Riverside, CA

      Thanks you guys!

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      Lou 3 years ago

      All of the prosecution's witnesses today helped the defense. Bernie's case was so damaged by Lauer that he tried to inpeach his own witness. Luckily for him the jury was out when he tried to call her a liar about her Twitter account.

      He couldn't understand that the people listed on her account were following her and not the other way around. She had also never placed a tweet, ever. He looked like a dirt bag for trying to pull that on his own witness.

      Michelle, do you realize the larger man would have been Martin. He was 5 inches taller than Zimmerman. Zimmerman was also thin at the time of the shooting. He has gained a lot of weight. The media was trying to portray Martin as a 14 year old boy at the time of the shooting. He was not.

      Also, as for the cracker remarks. Jeantel testified today that cracker is the word that she and her community regularly use to refer to white people.

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      Ralph 3 years ago

      @ Michelle

      The large man was Martin. He was five inches taller than Zimmerman.

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      Bruce Bean 3 years ago from Riverside, CA

      Taller doesn't mean larger!

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      Ralph 3 years ago

      Zimmerman has gained more than 120 pounds since the shooting. He was really thin at the time. You really should do some research prior to posting.

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      H C Palting 3 years ago from East Coast

      Depending on the person's build, taller doesn't necessarily mean larger. Two males could be 180 lbs, one could be 5'5" and the other could be 6 feet or more.

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      Lavon 3 years ago

      Its really sad that G Zimmernan took it upon himself to think the worse in somebody just walking and whats even worse is that the Police told him not to follow him and he did not listen and did it anyway and whats even worse Travon was not the one robbing houses. This case should be slam dunk period......

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