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New evidence revealed in teen's death by neighborhood watchman

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Updated: 3/20/2012 11:42 pm
SANFORD, Fla. -- There is new evidence in the case of a 17-year-old Florida boy shot and killed by a neighborhood watchman.

Hundreds of people piled into a small room Tuesday night to support Trayvon Martin's family. The 17-year-old was shot and killed a month ago by George Zimmerman. The FBI is now doing an investigation.

The family's attorney has new details from the last moment's of the teenagers life. It was a final call he made to his girlfriend. "Trayvon was running for it. Then the man and then he said he lost the man. The man was just following him close, like, walking to him, like fast. And the man said, what you doing around here? and then I heard a push. I know somebody pushed Trayvon because the handset just fell," Trayvon's girlfriend told the attorney.

Trayvon wasn't armed. Zimmerman, though is claiming self defense. Trayvon's father says that's impossible. "It can't be self defense. What's he going to attack with Skittles," said Tracy Martin, Trayvon's father.

New 911 calls reveal Zimmerman has a pattern of reporting African American males. In one call, you can even hear Zimmerman make a racial slur. The dispatcher asked, "What do they look like? White, black or Hispanic?" Zimmerman responded to the dispatcher saying, "Black males, two black males in their late teens."

In Trayvon's case, Zimmerman was armed. He was a neighborhood watchman who felt his neighborhood was in trouble.

There are Neighborhood Watch signs all over our community. Action News talked with a few members, who say they don't carry guns, and if a situation like what happened in Central Florida happened here, they would let police handle it.

Even after 911 dispatchers told Zimmerman not to follow Trayvon, he didn't listen. Now the teen's family struggling to come to grips with everything.  "He was taken away and nothing can bring him back," said Trayvon's father.

To complicate matter's even more in this case, Florida state law allows a person the right to stand their ground and use deadly force if they feel threatened.

The outrage over Trayvon's death is becoming a national movement. Reverend Al Sharpton is planning a major rally in Sanford on Thursday.
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roygift - 3/27/2012 4:25 PM
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Zimmerman chose to ignore the police and to follow Trayvon and to engage in some kind of struggle with Trayvon, all the while carrying a deadly weapon. Under those circumstances you cannot claim simple self-defense, whoever struck the first blow or whatever Trayvon did or didn't do. His behavior shows he was ready to use his weapon and he did use it. This is premeditated murder.

Jazzyros - 3/26/2012 10:33 PM
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Here were have initially two law abiding citizens living in the same subdivision, unknown to each other. One is on the phone talking to his girlfriend, and the other to the police!! They both are conscious of each other an in a certain amount of fear. This is were everything changes, The one with the gun has the upper hand, because he is confrontational and feels empowered, then shows it. Confronts, push, scuffle and then shoots the young boy. Murder, yeah, first degree!!! He turns into a self absorbed hateful vigilante when he choose to ignore the dispatcher's request "to not follow his so called suspect"! What was the purpose of him calling 911, if his intentions was to ignore the request of the law. Being a Neighborhood Watchmen made him feel in conjunction with Florida Law, above the LAW. This law is a problem law, it seems to give the license to kill. In Zimmerman case, he did!! This type of law should be held accountable always by a jury, not a single judge or Sheriff. When any of these entities have a blind eye for the law that is a major problem. Because it sets forth vigilante actions, overpowering the Governing Law of Order. Which says what is the purpose of Judicial Law. This law isn't a bad law, it just needs Judicial restrictions, and guidelines that don't have undermining loopholes.

Realchange - 3/21/2012 12:33 PM
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I don't recall outrage when someone dropped their concealed gun in public place and killed an innocent person. The police allowed that person to walk and we were not allowed to know anything about the details of those people. Strange. If it had been a white kid killed by a security guard or police would it even make the news? What happened to the kid was wrong just pointing out theres is alot injustice not being dealt with in Fla. Did anyone even investigate why a woman minding her own buisness died in public place in jacksonville and no charges of any kind? How about dealing with that issue with investigation as well, by the press.

jvillerob1 - 3/21/2012 12:32 PM
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I dont know what was going through Zimmerman's head but i feel he should be charged with murder. I am a strong supporter of protecting yourself and your property but when the 911 operator tells him not to follow the person he was calling about he should have listened. It is not anyone place to play police. I say it is cold blooded murder and he should have to face the charges for. My heart goes out to the family and friends effected.

LAP42 - 3/20/2012 10:31 PM
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This was child abuse and murder plain and simple. The police are covering for this man who killed Travon for no reason at all other than being black.

tlynn - 3/20/2012 9:56 PM
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We teach our children to be aware and cautious of strangers…This child was in fear….Not knowing who this man was, or what his intentions were….I'm appalled that the Sheriff's Dept. is this clueless!
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