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Remembering Trayvon Martin

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Updated: 7/10/2013 4:42 pm
SANFORD, Fla. -- A wood and stone monument bearing Trayvon Martin's name sits in a historic black neighborhood in Sanford.

"It's sort of a reminder of what happened.  And sort of a reminder of what we don't want to happen again," said historian Francis Oliver.

She says the permanent marker was built because memorials in front on the neighborhood where Martin was shot kept being removed, as if neighbors wanted his memory erased.

Martin's death struck a cord with America.  He was an unarmed teenager, shot and killed by a neighborhood watchman who said he thought Martin was a prowler.

"That could have been my child," said Sanford resident Cindy Philemon.  "That could have been anybody's child."

Oliver said, "It is bringing to the forefront what's happening in our communities.  Profiling, stalking, you know. Things like this."

Now, that neighborhood watchman is set to go on trial.  George Zimmerman pleaded not guilty, saying he fired his weapon in self-defense.

And while protests have been predicted should a jury decide Zimmerman is innocent, Oliver says she doesn't expect to see any violence.  She says all her community wants is justice.  "We're expecting a fair trial on both sides," she said.

Jury selection begins Monday.  Count on Action News for complete coverage.

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HighLife - 6/8/2013 12:33 PM
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Martin wasn't from Sanford. He was from Miami visiting his father. One can only hope that after the trial the "permanent memorial" is removed to the local landfill either because (a) Zimmerman is acquitted for having acted in self-defense after Martin attacked him; or, (b) the evidence about Martin's lack of character makes a memorial to his memory an embarrassment. If anyone serious thinks Martin deserves a memorial, they should have waited until the facts were in and the trial over before spending a dime on it.
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