Killing of Trayvon Martin

Killing of Trayvon Martin
Seminole County Florida Incorporated and Unincorporated areas Sanford Highlighted.svg
DateFebruary 26, 2012 (2012-02-26)
Time7:09 p.m. EST (start)
7:16 p.m. (gunshot on 911 call)
7:17 p.m. (police car arrives)
7:30 p.m. (Martin declared dead)
LocationThe Retreat at Twin Lakes
in Sanford, Florida, U.S.
(See aerial views of points of interest.)
Coordinates28°47′35″N 81°19′47″W / 28.79295°N 81.32965°W / 28.79295; -81.32965 (The Retreat at Twin Lakes Community in Sanford, Florida)Coordinates: 28°47′35″N 81°19′47″W / 28.79295°N 81.32965°W / 28.79295; -81.32965 (The Retreat at Twin Lakes Community in Sanford, Florida)
TypeHomicide by shooting
ParticipantsGeorge Zimmerman (shooter)
DeathsTrayvon Martin
Non-fatal injuriesFractured nose, lacerations to the back of the head. (Zimmerman)
ChargesSecond-degree murder,[1] lesser included offense of manslaughter.[1]
TrialFlorida v. Zimmerman
VerdictNot guilty

On the night of February 26, 2012, in Sanford, Florida, United States, George Zimmerman fatally shot Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African-American boy. Zimmerman, a 28-year-old man of mixed race,[Note 1] was the neighborhood watch coordinator for his gated community where Martin was visiting his relatives at the time of the shooting.[3][4][5] Zimmerman shot Martin, who was unarmed, during a physical altercation between the two. Zimmerman, injured during the encounter, told police he shot Martin in self-defense.

In a widely reported trial, Zimmerman was charged with murder for Martin's death, but acquitted at trial after claiming self-defense. The incident was reviewed by the Department of Justice for potential civil rights violations, but no additional charges were filed, citing insufficient evidence.

  1. ^ a b Simon, Mallory; Hanna, Jason (April 11, 2012). "Zimmerman charged with second-degree murder". CNN. Retrieved April 11, 2012.
  2. ^ Cite error: The named reference Reuters prelude was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  3. ^ Prieto, Bianca (March 14, 2012). "Trayvon Martin: 'We are gathered here today to demand justice' in teen's fatal shooting". Orlando Sentinel. Archived from the original on July 7, 2012. Retrieved March 20, 2012.
  4. ^ Hamacher, Brian; Orkin Emmanuel, Lisa (April 13, 2012). "George Zimmerman Makes First Appearance Before Judge". WTVJ. Retrieved April 21, 2012.
  5. ^ Robertson, Campbell; Schwartz, John (March 22, 2012). "Trayvon Martin death spotlights neighborhood watch groups". The New York Times. Retrieved June 23, 2012.


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