Graphic Photos Drive Trayvon Martin’s Parents From Courtroom

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George Zimmerman enters the courtroom for his trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla. on June 25, 2013.

On Tuesday, jurors were shown images of shooting victim Trayvon Martin’s body — taken just moments after his death — in the second day of court proceedings in the second-degree-murder trial of George Zimmerman. The photographs drove Martin’s parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, from the courtroom.

One photograph showed the 17-year-old sprawled on the ground covered by a plastic bag. Other images showed the gunshot wound Martin suffered.

(MORE: Trayvon Martin Case: The Prosecution Opens)

In testimony, Sergeant Anthony Raimondo, the Sanford, Fla., policeman who initially responded to the shooting, said that after arriving at the gated community where the incident took place, he found Martin on the ground without a pulse and tried to resuscitate him.

Raimondo asked for plastic to try to seal Martin’s exit wound, but found none and tried to save his life. “I breathed for Mr. Martin — or I tried to,”  Raimondo said. When emergency medical workers arrived, they hooked up an EKG machine to him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Testimony Tuesday focused on describing the responsibilities of neighborhood-watch volunteers and how Zimmerman approached his position.

Wendy Dorival, who was a police-department volunteer program manager in 2012, testified to prosecutors that she met Zimmerman, 29, at a neighborhood-watch presentation she held. She instructed that 911 was to be called if volunteers spot a suspicious person and that they were never to engage in pursuit.

(MORE: Trayvon Martin Case: The Defense Opens)

Donald O’Brien, president of the homeowners association of Retreat at Twin Lakes, where the shooting took place and where Zimmerman lived, said, “Since Day One at the neighborhood-watch meetings, we said, ‘Do not get close to someone. Stay a safe distance, call 911 and let the police handle it.’”

In April, Martin’s parents settled a wrongful-death claim with the homeowners association for an undisclosed amount, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

36 comments
machere
machere

It appears that there are some very different opinions on both sides of this case and only the jury who received all the facts of this case with the laws representing the case could and should be the ones who made the judgement call for the verdict.  The Media was proclaiming their own version of this trail and of what happened without knowing the true facts and or laws pertaining to this case and from most of what is being said around the country.  It is clear the media had George Zimmerman pegged as a murderer before the final veridic was determined by the jury of his peers who had the real evidence at hand.  During this trail, there was another murder case in Georgia that the media refused to cover because it was young blacks killing a white baby and white mother.  It is clear that the media as well as the president and U.S. Dept. of Justice is trying to make a racial thing out of the trail and verdict of the Zimerman/Martin case and are ignoring other cases that occur on a daily basis.  Is it a race thing that 70 percent of criminals in prison are black and almost all criminals are the least educated and come from poor neighborhoods where drugs, and crime are rampant?  We need better education in schools that help all children and we need better parenting skills taught to the disadvantaged families to help them get away from the paths that they currently follow to get poor children better prepared for life and living safe and as law abiding citizens.  Until this is accomplished, we will continue to have the same system of despair we currently have in this country.

Raja1
Raja1

@machere The case you are mentioning in Georgia is that the same as when a baby was shot in the face? the same one where the daughter of the mother of the child believes she was the culprit and not the two boys as she asked how long it would take to claim insurance.

Why would two young men kill a baby but leave the mother alive? Both boys have been arrested unlike Zimmerman who walked free for 44 days so how does that case got anything to do with this one? 

Why not stop trying to deflect the issue here it is a racial thing all your bandying words won't change that also you are making it a racial thing when you mention how blacks are going to prison yet ignore the fact Black males are more likely to go to jail while white men for the same crimes are more likely to get a slap on the wrist.

When something's broken you fix it rather than trying to paper over the crack

Poverty = Crime (someone who has little money is more likely to commit a crime) 

REDBONE2181@YAHOO.COM
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GEORGE ZIMMERMEN IS THE NATION FIRST PUNK OF CENTURY..HE SHOOT A CHILD..BECAUSE HE HE LOST A FIGHT IF THERE WAS A FIGHT AT ALL.AND HE IS NO MAN.

d-witnes
d-witnes

This is not a race issue. It is a HUMAN right issue. Trayvon's Human Rights were violated. He had all right as a human being to be where he was. It was Trayvon that STOOD his ground and was SHOT Down.

Trayvon STOOD his Ground. Trayvon FOLLOWED the Law in Florida.

Trayvon had the right to DEFEND himself based on the Laws of Florida.

JenniferARaven
JenniferARaven

FACTS:   Trayvon was 17 when this happened.   

Zimmerman didn't disobey anyone, a 911 dispatcher can only do THAT dispatch, 

Trayvon hid in the bushes for 4 minutes waiting to pounce on Zimmerman, when he could have had a 4 minute lead on him towards home.   

Zimmerman SHOULD have called out "neighborhood patrol" and this whole thing probably wouldn't have happened,  Travon didn't deserve to die, neither did Zimmerman.    it is a shame all the way around, but it WAS self defense and a VERY STUPID DECISION on Zimmermans part...  He should have stayed in the car and just called 911.  But then again TM could have called 911 too, instead to talking to his friend and making RACIST comments.  READ THE FACTS PEOPLE....



Raja1
Raja1

@JenniferARaven You say facts then claim Trayvon hid in the bushes where are those bushes? Zimmerman's version changed yet somehow this is fact? Why not ask trayvon's version oh wait he's dead so we don't know his side of the story all we know is there was a fight and according to the medical examiner on the night of the killing ZImmerman'

his injuries were not significant or life threatening he even went home that very same night no hospital required 

Trayvon is not a racist for saying cracka you do not know the context of his comment yet talk about "facts" don't dish out advice that you fail to do yourself

jason.d.hargrove
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Morons...when you are old or responsible enough to own a home and find that no one is going to protect it but yourself, you will understand what Zimmerman was doing.  Anybody that says otherwise, IS a race-card playing fool. 

The kid didn't belong there and could've explained his situation, had he not ran.

The kid had a history of trouble-making, including drugs and fighting.

The neighborhood had a history of being vandalized by "young black men".

Had Zimmerman not carried his pistol, he may have died from blunt trauma to the back of the head.

The way I see it, the more admirable human being survived. 

For future reference, PLEASE teach your children to be responsible and respect authority. 

And if you want to start defining "authority", you may need to deal with your own ethics and hold off on having kids, please!

The world needs to accommodate us all so, if you think you're above being questioned, you don't belong here with the rest of us.

femmebot143
femmebot143 like.author.displayName 1 Like

@jason.d.hargrove what do you teach your child to do when a sick pervert is following he/she in the middle of the night??? Overzealous MEN with guns...I agree we all need to defend ourselves and property. Hell, anyone who is bashing my head into the ground should be shot. But the major difference is I would never go out looking to fight or instigate a deadly situation. 

I do agree our children should respect authority but let's face it...we have adults out there that are perverted, ignorant and prejudice. I feel anyone who agrees with George Zimmerman actions of getting out his vehicle to follow a "suspicious" person, enjoys following young men in the middle of the night. In America, we call them sick perverts.

chellie
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WoW Morons? Really Jason did you really 'Read" your statement below.

("The kid didn't belong there and could've explained his situation, had he not ran) ."Who or What gives you the RIGHT to say WHO Does or Does NOT Belong??? All Young BLACK MEN are not always in trouble. My son is an HONOR Student, Well taught, extremely intelligent, and headed for success. Talk about someone’s history: "Other Non-Black boys/men" have issues/history of KILLING Their "ENTIRE Family" or BLOWING up Theatres and SCHOOLS, harming innocent

'Babies" innocent 'Children' Innocent People. Would you say THEY did NOT belong in their QUIET communities?? Hmmmmmm,The young man had Family in the Area, so he DID belong It is so very sad that the Obvious here is missed, folks still want to control people solely based on 'what they look like'? Have you talked to any of the so called vandalized? Are you 100% certain they were 'Black Men' who committed the alleged crimes? Seems really strange that they are the only ones "NOTICED" in the neighborhood. Is anyone looking at 'lil Johnny with the Red Hair and Freckles, thick bi-focals and plaid pants who is making BOMBS in his parent’s basement in the burbs? Who is ordering GUNS with his Platinum Credit Card.. hmmmm. Does HE belong in an IVY League College with My SON who is an Honor Student? People are People, I pray for the World and the Spirit of Violence that has been unleashed. Your statement of 'The more Admirable person survived' - Don't judge, that is only your opinion. Unfortunately Mr. Zimmerman does not respect Authority as he blatantly disobeyed a direct order. Perhaps you should talk to his parents (lol)

Check you’re Motives, No Race Card being played on my behalf, but your statement sure screams Racism! Regards,

Free & Independent to go where I please :) -Have a peaceful Un-judgemenal day

C_O_B_H_C
C_O_B_H_C

Boohoo. You hotheaded twits need to settle down and let the court do their job. Everyone one of you sit here and speculate and opine like you have all the information.

BIGHAMM
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IF IT WERE MY CHILD I WOULD HAD BEEN ON TRIAL INSTEAD OF ZIMMERMAN BECAUSE I WOULD HAVE KILLED HIM BEFORE HE MADE IT TO TRIAL  AND I BELIEVE  A LOT OF PEOPLE FEEL THAT WAY REGARDLESS WHAT RACE THEY ARE. WE ARE ALL HUMANS WE CRY,GRIEVE.BELIEVE THE SAME WAY THE ONLY THING IS DIFFERENT IS OUR SKIN COLOR IT SAD SOME PEOPLE CAN'T BELIEVE THAT AND THAT PEOPLE DIE BY ANY KIND OF VIOLENCE.

ChaseSchultz
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@BIGHAMM Except that his parents didn't know he was missing until the next day, im pretty sure you would noticed your son missing that night.

Raja1
Raja1

@ChaseSchultz @BIGHAMM Tracy Martin may have thought his son went to a friends house instead after all trayvon is a teen anyway the police did not try to find the parent's of the deceased he had to make a missing persons report 

NancyDrew
NancyDrew

Also take in account that if an armed person is following you, not identifying themselves, wouldn't that freak you out? Everyone don't run when confronted with danger some people fight. I don't know but it seems like Travon fought and died for his life. I hate what is happening to both families but right is right. I'm not trying to trial Zimmerman before the trial is over but it just doesn't add up.

NancyDrew
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Travon Martin was 17 years of age when this happened. The picture of him in the Hollister shirt was taken when he was 16 years old. He had just turned 17. He was 5'10" tall and 140 lbs. Please explain how he overpowered  a 27 year old man and an ex-police officer at that. No DNA found on Travon,  no weapon. Its really funny how Zimmerman's testimony and the 911 audio tapes don't match up:  and by looking at what Travon had on which was a hoodie, khaki pants and sneakers, he just looked like a skater to me. I'm sorry, Travon didn't look like a thug on that day. It is really sad that if this was the other way around this trial would not be questioned. If you can not see the racial undertones in this trial, that's sad. Given the ratio of 70% blacks to 30% any other race in prison. Please don't tell me this is  racially  bias because it is not blind justice, or fair justice. Where is the justice for Travon?

KenPeebles
KenPeebles

I hope people judge this case for what it is murder. I had this people on tv saying that it was self defense. One the type u hear Zimmerman say he's running and his car door opens. This has nothing to do with what martins friends lied are didn't lie about. People find GOD. Stop being stupid.

JUSTICEFORTRAY
JUSTICEFORTRAY

LETS FORGET RACE WHO CARES ZIMMERMAN WAS A WANT TO BE COP SOMEHOW WAS NOT ABLE TO ACHIEVE IT SO HIS BUDDY FRANK TAAFFY HELPS HIM PURCHASE A GUN THESE TWO GUY'S  WERE OBVIOUSLY TRYING AND WAITING TO KILL BLACK PEOPLE HAVE YOU HEARD ALL THE 911 CALLS HAVE BEEN PLACED BY ZIMMERMAN ALL OF THEM HE TALKS ABOUT BLACK DUDES NOT ONE WAS ABOUT A WHITE OR MEXICAN PERSON. AND I HOPE THE HEAVY SET GIRL THAT WAS ON THE PHONE WITH TRAYVON WHEN HE GOT SHOT IS DOING KNOW JUSTICE FOR THE CASE SHE WAS INMATURE AND CAME ACROSS AS A SMART ASS I HOPE THE JURY DON'T KEEP HER TESTIMONY IN THERE HEAD SHE MIGHT HAVE BLOWN THE WHOLE CASE THEY SAY YOU ARE WHO YOU HANG WITH I CAN PROMISE YOU THE JURY DOES NOT LIKE HER SHE SCREWED THE CASE BET YOU ALL SHE IS REALLY SLOW OR SHE IS ALOT YOUNGER THEN SHE LOOKS MY 14 YEAR OLD HAS MORE SENSE THEN SHE DOES.. ALTHOUGH IT SOUNDS LIKE THIS LITTLE GUY HAD A HEART OF GOLD I ASK GOD TO STAY CLOSE TO HIS MOM THAT SHE WILL BE GUIDED THROUGH THIS TRAGEDY  I THINK ZIMMERMAN SHOULD FACE 1ST. DEGREE MURDER.ZIMMERMAN DOES LOOK CREEPY LIKE A CHILD MOLESTER. AND FOR YOU YOU NEGATIVE HATER SHUT UP.

khairston61
khairston61

And who are you? God.... think not.. all life has value.... he was a sixteen year old child.... and you are saying he should have talked like and adult.. You need to grow up...  a grown man following a child to hunt a shot him down... Shame.. it should have been you

cdee12120
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I feel so bad for Trayvon's mother.. She sat in her chair as they displayed the photos of her dead son. The strength she is exemplifying makes me cry for the tears she is holding back. I pray that her son's death receives justice.


keke
keke like.author.displayName 1 Like

Zimmerman did not follow instructions that was given to him had he listened and not followed trayvon he would steel be here its so sad how trouble found trayvon to his parents i pray justice is served,

GaiKurasawa
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Travon deserved to die. I know how black people get aggressive in a heart beat. I've dealt with those kind of people. You walk up to them and ask them what they are doing late at night and they get ready for a fight. Like they never do nothing wrong. What's wrong by talking like a human being? Travon or whatever its name is could of prevented this by talking like an adult. But from the sounds of it. He was a young pot head typical black male. Probably had its pants down to its ankles.

So_confident
So_confident

@GaiKurasawa People of color, are you hearing what this dimwit is saying.  Looking @ history & present day (caucaSINS) are the worst offenders they don't usually get consequences for their despicable, horrible Crimes as do people of color.  By the way! have you notice that animals of this kind usually are very angry, hurt, judge mental & hateful lets not forget full of rage!  Remember this is common, as they want you to react as they do when they try to provoke real people into the same type of hostility:)

chellie
chellie

@GaiKurasawa "Those Kind of People"?  This and other similar comments are what contributes to the problem the world faces today. You my dear are a key stakeholder in the world of Racism. Listen to yourself, 'SteroType? Pants down to his ankles? Those People? To say someone deserved to die, is so mean and cruel.  Again, I feel sorry for you, must be a very lonely place inside your head and very cold inside your heart.  :(.

nobleep2007
nobleep2007

@GaiKurasawa I agree! Whenever a stranger walks up to me late at night and asks me what I'm doing I politely explain and let them view any receipts I may have in case I was at a department store, or look through my phone to confirm I was using it for totally legal means. 

Oh wait, no I'm not a cowardly idiot like you, so n, I wouldn't have done that. Sorry, I got us confused for a second!

AlexStephens
AlexStephens

I am a 25 year old African American who has a degree in Business Administration who wears black hoodies, eats skittles, and drinks Arizona. Does that mean I deserve to be targeted and killed. Not all African Americans are the same. Trayvon felt the need to protect himself because someone is following him who IS NOT A COP or had the right to FOLLOW ANYONE. Oh and just to add something to this, Zimmerman has a criminal record. Trayvon didn't. Maybe you should think about that

heyuwitdahair
heyuwitdahair

At that age and that moment the best way he could of protect himself was to go inside his dad's house not fight him. And Tray Facebook proves he was a thug. P.s. I think Zimmerman is guilty..

khairston61
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@GaiKurasawa  And who are you to talk ... Did you know the young man?  Your sons and daughter needs to die>> Your small pea brain can't understand that all people are of value. Talking like and adult... dummy he was a sixteen year old child being followed by a fool looking to shot someone.. should have been you

CynthiaRoseAlexander
CynthiaRoseAlexander

Sterotypes deserves to die. All races get aggressive just like your doing now. You have dwelt with those and not all kinds of people. This situation was about racial profiling amd not obeying the Neighborhood Watch Rules. If you broaden your veiws you will find. Teenagers today of all races are sagging and talking fly and hang out at night and our in gangs and doing drugs.

cdee12120
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@GaiKurasawa  those kinds of people... he was coming back from the store with skittles and ice tea.. he was on the phone with a girl.. he was going to his father's house.. What ill will did he have? He only went behind the houses to get away from the stalker..He didn't know if George Zimmerman was a sexual predator.He reacted the way any seventeen year old alone would. Creeped out. He asked Zimmerman why are you following me? Nothing justifies what Zimmerman did. Dismiss that he has an identity that his life mattered. Well I hope nothing happens to you  or your double wide and with your brother first cousin.

DeridraMatthews
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You are sick all races commit crimes. However TRAYVONS WAS SKITTLES A DRINK AND REFUSING RACIAL PROFILING YEP HE'S SURE WAS A BAD ASS . JERK...

DavidMartin
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no matter how the story is spun ... Zimmerman pursued Martin: and created a deadly force option by being armed.  He created the opportunity for harm (pre-meditated) and carried the act out. Additionally Martin was a minor accosted by an adult, with a firearm ..... the mature person Zimmerman with the authority of the law should have eliminated a problem instead he elevated and created a problem, that ended in death.   That's Murder 2nd! Hands down ...

MarcusTaylor
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@DavidMartin ~ ... and I don't see 6 women giving Mr. Zimmerman a pass, they have children or grandchildren and Trayvon was a 16 year old child when he was killed.

JWalk
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Seems that it will be hard to prove 2nd degree murder.  I personally doubt he wanted to actually kill him initially, but it spiraled out of control when he decided to follow him.  A loaded gun gives you the courage to get into situations that should have just been left to the cops.  He did his "job" by reporting a supposedly "suspicious" person in the neighborhood, so good for him - no need to do anything else.   If he saw someone he didn't recognize, and he happened to be a white guy in a 3 piece suit, I wonder if he would have just driven by and left him alone.  Black guy in a hoodie though- that must be trouble..

mscen221
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This is so SAD!  I feel so sorry for his parents.  They are very strong people, and they must receive justice for the murder of their child.