After much debate and heartbreak, the audio of the 911 call capturing the tragic deadly shooting of 17-year old Trayvon Martin has been released.
Unarmed Florida teen Trayvon was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch Captain identified as George Zimmerman. George shot Trayvon during a 911 call he made to police saying that there was a suspicious man in his surveillance.
Yesterday the tapes from the 911 call were finally released, though surprisingly, George has yet to be arrested. George maintained that he reacted in self-defense when shooting the unarmed teen in the chest and killing him.
The tapes confirm witness reports of Trayvon screaming for help as multiple shots were fired. The community remains outraged as George, who was commanded during the call not to approach the young man, continues to roam free.
As reported by CNN:
911 tapes released Friday detail moments of terror in the neighborhood as residents made a flurry of calls describing a gunshot and a teen wailing for help.
In some of the recordings, a voice screams “Help, help!” in the background.
“There were gunshots right outside my house. There’s someone screaming, I just heard a guy shot,” a neighbor says. “Hurry up, they are right outside my house.”
Recordings mirrored the same details: A man outside was crying for help, followed by the sound of a gunshot.
“Hurry please … there’s someone screaming outside,” a neighbor whispers. “There’s a gunshot, hurry up … there’s someone screaming. I just heard a gunshot.”
In another call, a woman begs the dispatchers to send help, saying someone is “screaming and hollering” for help.
Moments later, she describes a light at the scene of the shooting.
“Oh my God …” she said, “There’s still somebody out there walking with a flashlight.”
Zimmerman told police he shot the teen in self defense, authorities said, and remains free as the state attorney investigates. Police said he has not been charged because there are no grounds to disprove his story of what happened.
It’s sad that there has yet to be an arrest made. We hope that justice is seen and our support is with the family of Trayvon Martin.
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