Instead of celebrating Trayvon Martin crossover into adulthood we are still wondering will justice ever be served for his tragic death. George Zimmerman, the man accused of murdering the teen, and prosecutors are back in court to discuss evidence and trying to push a scheduled June 10 trial date.
On February 26th George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer followed the 17 year old in a gated community in Sanford, Fla. After a 911 call and the dispatcher telling Zimmerman to disengaged, he continues anyways. Trayvon would take his last breath that day. With a bag of skittles still in the pocket of his hoodie and a can of ice tea lying next to his body Trayvon became a victim of one bullet wound to the chest because Zimmerman thought he looked suspicious.
Zimmerman is claiming self-defense. Trayvon’s family argues the young man was profiled, pursued, and murdered.
To mark Trayvon’s birthday, his parents, family, friends and community leaders in Sanford are hosting several community events in remembrances of the teen:
Tuesday “Banding Together for Peace” program to recognize the need for community healing and solidarity. The event, held in Goldsboro, a historically black part of the city, includes the Sanford Police Department, the NAACP, local city officials, and Benjamin Crump, an attorney for Trayvon’s family.
On Saturday, in Miami, where Trayvon lived, an event dubbed the “I am Trayvon, Day of Remembrance Peace Walk” will feature motivational speakers, entertainers, and free food.
On Sunday, The Trayvon Martin Foundation, set up by the teen’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, will host a fundraising dinner with several guests including Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.
Trayvon’s death and the murder case against Zimmerman has remained a topic of public interest as court hearings continue. Zimmerman remains free on $1 million bond — with GPS monitoring– while awaiting trial.