Trayvon Martin Memorial Service

Published On: Feb 08 2014 11:38:24 AM EST

Seminole County Sheriff's Office/Courtesy

2012: Trayvon Martin, 17, is shot and killed during a violent encounter with neighborhood watch coordinator George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman had visible injuries and claimed he was acting in self-defense when he shot Martin. On April 11, 2012, Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder. Allegations of racist motivation for both the shooting and police conduct, the initial decision not to charge Zimmerman, and questions about Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law brought the case to national and international attention. On July 13, 2013, his trial for second-degree murder and manslaughter ended in acquittal.


The Sanford community celebrated Trayvon Martin's life Saturday.  There was a memorial service held from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  The service was held at the Goldsboro Welcome Center.  It had been moved from the neighborhood where Trayvon Martin was killed.

The community prayed, sang songs and numerous speakers were on hand for the memorial where they called for an end to gun violence.

This month marks two years since Martin was fatally shot by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain.  Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder in July 2013.


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