The life of Trayvon Martin (PHOTOS)
In the final moments of Trayvon Martin’s life, he was talking to a friend on his phone and told her that a strange man was following him.
According to ABC News, Trayvon’s friend was the last person to speak with the teen who was killed on Feb. 26th by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.
The 16-year-old girl told Trayvon’s family attorney Benjamin Crump about the last moments of the teenager’s life, detailing how she told him to run and he didn’t.
According to the young teen who last spoke to Trayvon:
“He said this man was watching him, so he put his hoodie on. He said he lost the man, I asked Trayvon to run, and he said he was going to walk fast. I told him to run but he said he was not going to run.”
Eventually he would run, said the girl, thinking that he’d managed to escape. But suddenly the strange man was back, cornering Trayvon.
“Trayvon said, ‘What, are you following me for,’ and the man said, ‘What are you doing here.’ Next thing I hear is somebody pushing, and somebody pushed Trayvon because the head set just fell. I called him again and he didn’t answer the phone.”
The line went dead. Besides screams heard on 911 calls that night as Martin and Zimmerman scuffled, those were the last words he said.
ABC obtained a copy of Trayvon’s phone logs, which show the conversation occurred five minutes before police first arrived on scene.
The young woman’s parents asked that her name not be used, and that only an attorney could ask her questions.
Martin’s father, Tracey Martin, and mother, Sybrina Fulton, listened to the call along with ABC News and said:
“He knew he was being followed and tried to get away from the guy, and the guy still caught up with him. And that’s the most disturbing part. He thought he had got away from the guy and the guy back-tracked for him.”
Trayvon was killed by Zimmerman while walking back to his father’s fiancés’ home after stepping out to buy Skittles and some iced tea during the NBA All-Star Game.
An altercation soon ensued. A few moments later, a torrent of 911 calls flooded in and Martin was killed by a single bullet.
Zimmerman claimed self-defense and has yet to be arrested, stoking outrage and claims of prejudice against the police department.
After weeks of relentless pressure, the Sanford Police finally decided to release the 911 calls last Friday and yesterday, the Justice Department opened an investigation into Trayvon’s shooting death, saying in a statement:
“The department will conduct a thorough and independent review of all of the evidence and take appropriate action and the conclusion of the investigation.
The government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a person acted intentionally and with the specific intent to do something which the law forbids. Negligence, recklessness, mistakes and accidents are not prosecutable under the federal criminal civil rights laws.”
Almost half a million people have signed an online petition on change.org, urging law enforcement officials to step in and arrest Zimmerman.
Zimmerman has since moved out of his home after numerous death threats and it was revealed that he violated major principles of the Neighborhood Watch manual.
The manual from the Neighborhood Watch program states:
“It should be emphasized to members that they do not possess police powers. And they shall not carry weapons or pursue vehicles.”
According to Chris Tutko, the director of the National Neighborhood Watch program, there are about 22,000 registered watch groups nationwide, and Zimmerman was not part of a registered group, which police were not aware of at the time of the incident.
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