Witnesses have come forward in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, the teen who was shot and killed on Feb 26th by neighborhood watch captain 28-year-old George Zimmerman.
According to the Miami Herald, witnesses said they heard Trayvon screaming for help, a booming gunshot, and then silence.
Three witnesses say they saw or heard the moments before and after the Sanford teenager’s killing.
All three witnesses said they heard the last screams for help from the boy, which proves that Trayvon wasn’t killed in self-defense.
Sanford police however, have not moved from their official statement of the shooting that Zimmerman was acting in self-defense.
But as the days pass more witnesses are coming forward. On the night of the shooting, Zimmerman told police that the six-foot, three-inch, 140-pound teen assaulted him and in fear for his life, he pulled a Kel Tek 9mm handgun from his waistband and shot Trayvon dead.
According to an eyewitness, Mary Cutcher, 31: “I heard someone crying — not boo-hoo crying, but scared or terrified or hurt maybe.” Mary lives in the Retreat at Twin Lakes townhome community where the shooting occurred. “To me, it was a child,” she said.
Zimmerman said he followed Trayvon, trying to find out if the teen was up to no good. Zimmerman was out to put a stop to recent burglaries.
He dialed police, his 46th call in the past 14 months to report shady people, reckless drivers and other disturbances around his neighborhood.
He offered to follow his suspect, but the dispatcher told him: “We don’t need you to do that.”
Some minutes later, Trayvon was killed with a gun the watch volunteer was licensed to carry.
“This was not self-defense. We heard no fighting, no wrestling, no punching. We heard a boy crying. As soon as the shot went off, it stopped, which tells me it was the child crying. If it had been Zimmerman crying, it wouldn’t have stopped. If you’re hurting, you’re hurting.”
She and her friend say they heard the sounds from a few steps away, where they were inside beside an open window.
Seconds later, they dashed out to find a boy face down on the ground and a man standing over him, a foot on each side of the body on the ground, with his hands pinning the shooting victim down.
“I asked him, ‘What’s happening here? What’s going on?’” said Cutcher’s friend, Selma Mora Lamilla. “The third time, I was indignant, and he said, ‘just call the police.’ Then I saw him with his hands over his head in the universal sign of: ‘Oh man, I messed up.’”
The women, who were the first on the scene, said they saw Zimmerman pacing back and forth.
“I know what I heard. I heard a cry and a shot,” Mora said. “If there was a fight, it did not happen here where the boy was shot. I would have heard it, as this all happened right outside my open window.”
The women think there may well have been a physical altercation between the two, but it must have taken place in a different spot, where Zimmerman perhaps had a chance to compose himself and draw his weapon.
As for the residents of Sanford, they are planning a rally for the Sanford City Council meeting on March 26. Leaders are asking people to show up carrying Skittles, the candy Trayvon carried in his pocket when he died.
The witnesses say they are coming forward now because they were shocked when no arrest was made.
“They are protecting Zimmerman for some reason,” Trayvon’s mother Sybrina Fulton said in Miami. “They are protecting him and we feel that Trayvon is the victim.”
Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee said the matter needs to be taken to a grand jury as soon as possible.
“If the roles were reversed, our investigation would be exactly the same,” he said.
“Our investigation is color blind and based on the facts and circumstances, not color. I know I can say that until I am blue in the face, but as a white man in a uniform, I know it doesn’t mean anything to anybody.”
With witnesses coming forward, it paints a clearer picture of what really happened the night Trayvon was killed.