UPDATE: Trayvon Martin’s Family Seeks Justice

The family of the 17-year-old high school junior is calling on the FBI to investigate

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High-school junior Trayvon Martin was shot and killed on Feb. 26, 2012 (Image: File)

Update [4/23]: George Zimmerman was released from the John E. Polk Correctional Facility just before midnight Sunday, according to the Los Angeles Times. The neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin posted the $150,000 bond, leaving the jail with nothing more than a brown paper bag.

Under the conditions set by Judge Kenneth Lester Jr., the 28-year-old must wear an electronic monitoring device, observe a dusk-to-dawn curfew, and is prohibited from possessing firearms or consuming illegal drugs or alcohol. He may be allowed to leave the state while he awaits trial on a charge of second-degree murder.

It is unclear as to where Zimmerman was being taken.

Update [4/20]: A Florida judge has granted bail for neighborhood-watch volunteer George Zimmerman — the man charged with the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

“I wanted to say that I am sorry for the loss of your son,” Zimmerman said to Martin’s parents during the bail hearing, adding that he did not know how old Martin was or that he was unarmed.

“I thought he was a little bit younger than I am,” he said. “I did not know whether he was armed or not.”

Assistant prosecutor Bernie De La Rionda asked that the judge offer no bail, or require a bond of $1 million, based on his history of violence.

Mark O’Mara, Zimmerman’s attorney, asked for bail of just $15,000 and requested that the 28-year-old be allowed to leave the state while on bond.

Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester said Zimmerman cannot have any firearms, drink alcohol or use drugs and must observe a curfew. He will also have to wear an electronic monitoring device. The judge said Zimmerman will not be released Friday.

Zimmerman has claimed self defense.

Update [4/11]: A day after George Zimmerman’s attorneys withdrew from the case, the Florida special prosecutor announced on Wednesday “that the killer in the Trayvon Martin case will be charged with second-degree murder and is in custody.”

Special prosecutor Angela B. Corey said during a press conference that Zimmerman, 28, turned himself in, but refused to say where he is at this time.

Update [3/23]: President Obama addressed the murder of 17-year-old Travyon Martin for the first time Friday morning.

Before the commander in chief shared his personal thoughts on the matter, he remarked that he had to be careful what he said because as head of the Justice Department he did not want to interfere with the ongoing investigation.

However, he did not shy away from talking about the case.

“I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this,” Obama said. “All of us have to do some soul searching to figure out how does something like this happen.”

Calling the fiery case “a tragedy,” the father of two continued, saying “I can only imagine what these parents are going through. When I think about this boy, I think about my own kids.”

“You know, if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” said Obama. “I think they are right to expect that all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves, and we are going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened.”

Obama did not address specifics of the case.

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  • Imani

    http://youtu.be/-dx1oylBvc0 Song dedicated to Trayvon Martin’s family. Justice4Tray!!

  • safariman

    I’m an older white gun toting conservative. That being said, I am appalled at the bungling by the local police in investigating this incident. While not trying to be judge and jury, the known facts seem to point to a knucklehead cop-wannabe instigating an encounter with a teenaged kid. Kids that age are often mouthy, but that isn’t remotely a reason to escalate a confrontation to any degree, much less to the degree of use of deadly force.

    I am convinced that local law enforcement bungled things and are now digging in their heels as a reaction. This is just more bungling. Zimmerman needs to be held and charges filed. To me, this looks like 2nd degree murder if anything does.

    I sincerely hope the black community helps keep the lid on things. Enough violence has been done, and a young boy lies dead. We don’t need anyone else hurt, black, brown, or white.

  • Omar pryor

    Trayvon was going to the store to buy some candy and ice tea for the game and then come straght home and as he was walking home some guy follow him home no ran him dawn but his girlfriend tolf him to run but he said im not going to run and thats when the guy came up and shot him as they were on the grass and the guy had sh him in the chest the boy did not have a gun or any thing but candy and a can of tea in his pocket this guy should be in prison for killing this boy this boy was minding his bussniss if it was the other way around he would been in jail no questions about just throw the way the keys right is right wrong is wrong point blank

  • Omar pryor

    I dont whats going on with this case this guy should already be in prison for shooting this boy dawn like it was nothing people are something else its going to get worst before it gets better their is no justices in this world for the ones just minding their busniss and this world is set up for the devil this satans world it is control by him but one thing I know that he will be back on this earth when God brings a end to the wicked ones vount on it im so sorru about your son honest I am my heart goes out to the family

  • Omar pryor

    That guy did not need to get out of his car they already told him dont leave your car but he went any way so he had in his mind im going shot this guy because hes up to know good this jid pnly had canfy and a can of ice tea in his pocket what hes going to do hit him with a bag of candy come on people wake up this guy should be in prison no questions hands dawn he should be in prison for 65 years to life im mad and this is not my son an im mad I hope he does he guity point blank my heart goes out to martin family

  • Omar pryor

    My phone is not working good but got one thing to say this guy is guity this boy only had candy and a can of ice tea nothing else why have this guy home and he should be in prison

  • Omar pryor

    Skittles and ice tea in trayvon pocket thats all he had in his pocket not a gun or a knife but what his family said an when they looked at him when he died on the seen this man should be in prison not wait any more because hes guity and holds behind it knows hes guity to please dont let this clown go free and if does go to prison not 10 years or 20 but 65 years and suite the company to we need justice not a slap on a hand but justice point blank

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  • Rob Das

    I am SO SAD to hear this case, to hear the tapes, and to hear this teen’s screams for help AS HE WAS SHOT IN COLD BLOOD. The tapes proved this and moved me to tears. As a young white man with a son, my skin has no bearing on this, as it should not on anything. I lived in Sanford county, I have seen the politics there; drug addicts awarded child support, people being imprisoned, fined, or placed on probation for defending their houses against home invaders, children kidnapped by another parent and taken there with no relief for the searching parent except to be told they have no rights.. Sanford is an awful place for these criminal politics. Zimmerman is a killer. I do not know to say what his punishment should be, be HE WILL BE CHARGED AND NOT LET FREE!!!!!

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  • Omar pryor

    Trayvon was visting hes dad and he went to 7 elven store to get some skittles and a can of ice tea and he was talking on the phone with his girl friend and he saw a man looking at him a cross the street and his girl friend told him to run but he said im not going to run im going to walk fast and the guy calls the dispacthler and says its a guy looking a rond her and the other guy says dont get out of your car we got this you dont need to get out so he dont listen at all and he runs and kutup with martin and their wrestling in the grass and shot trayvon in the chest and he dont have a gun or a knife or anything can hart this guy thats why it was not self defense this kid was minding his busniss and it was raining out side so he put his hood on thats commsents their he did bot want to get wet so this guy mi killed him cold blooded he needs to be in prison hes guity guity guity and I so sorry for the martin family my heart goes out to the martin family I hope you get justice it make me mad wheb something happens like this when some one is minding ther busniss and some shot them luke I said my heart goes out to the martin family got go got go

  • Omar pryor

    It sound like this guy is going to get off free their saying that he was just doing his job im sorry thats not true and its sad that trayvon is dead but this guy walks and get away with it.

  • Zoe

    One of the tragedies that has arisen as a result of this incident is the en masse conviction by the public of George Zimmerman, particularly by those who are African American. Sadly, the vast majority of these people don’t really have a clue about the details of this incident, they don’t know what really happened, they don’t really know how the investigation went, and they don’t really know what was on the minds of the people involved. They can only presume what happened, but they haven’t even done that, they emotionally accepted what has been fed to them by their peers and by the media and have already crucified the guy.

    Nearly just as bad is the nationwide cry of racism by Zimmerman. How do you know it was racism? You don’t, you just think it was because of what was told to you which was practically nothing. You don’t know what was on his mind. The 911 audio doesn’t tell us this.

    What is really sad is how the reaction to this incident has distracted so many other Americans away from the actual incident itself and got them to now focus on the ridiculously misguided hysteria by the black community, liberal groups and the media.

    We don’t know the truth. Zimmerman may be guilty of a crime. He may not. Martin may have attacked Zimmerman first. He may not. Sadly even if it is proven Zimmerman indeed was attached by Martin and did act in self defense and even if this was all somehow caught on video clear and was blatantly obvious many will still find Zimmerman guilty and call for justice, and very, very few will apologize for the premature conviction of the guy. No apologies form the marchers, no apologies from the media and no apologies from Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson.

    Wise up and quit being sheeple. You all should be setting better examples for yourselves…

    • Sexy black

      If it was your son wouldn’t you want to know the truth?

  • Omar pryor

    Is that right this guy killed trayvon hes not coming back they told him not to leave his car and he did anyway thats just disobeying the law right their and trayvon did not have a gun he was walking back to his dad houze.

  • Ejcc

    Justice will prevail.God will get his a–

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  • Omar pryor

    This guy is 250 pounds and trayvon is 140 I doubt that trayvon started a fight with this man because he was told from his father to come back so this kid getting cady and ice tea this guy did not say who he is or stay where he should have been. Trayvon proble didnt know who this man was.

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