One year ago today, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was walking back to his father's girlfriend's house after dark. He had stopped by a 7-11 to get some Skittles and an iced tea. He was wearing a hoodie. He was spotted by a self-appointed neighborhood watch volunteer named George Zimmerman, who thought he looked suspicious. Zimmerman followed him, called 911 and then, when it was taking too long for police to arrive and Zimmerman grew afraid that Martin was going to get away, Zimmerman got out of his car and followed the teen. No one is sure exactly what happened next but by the time police arrived, Martin was dead. Zimmerman had shot him and claimed it was in self defense. The teen wasn't armed. And police declined to arrest Zimmerman, even though he'd just killed a kid.
The rest is history.
At least two vigils are being held tonight to remember Martin – one at UCF at 5 p.m.
at the Millican Hall Reflection pond and another beginning at 6 p.m. at Fort Mellon Park
in Sanford, the site where thousands gathered
last spring to protest the fact that police refused to arrest Zimmerman for weeks after the shooting.
If you can't attend either of these events, but you still want to remember Martin, you can also watch the documentary Marching to Sanford, which is streaming in its entirety right now on Vimeo.
Marching to Sanford from JP Eason on Vimeo.