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On February 26th 2012, Trayvon Martin, an African-American teenager living in Miami Gardens was fatally shot by George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old Hispanic American from Sanford. Zimmerman claimed he spotted Martin acting suspiciously and called police to report it;
Case became an international cause celebre, prompting parents to hire civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump as counsel for them.
Early Life and Education
Trayvon Martin’s death at 17 triggered national debate about race relations and police shootings, prompting his parents Tracy and Corey Martin to create the Trayvon Martin Foundation to aid families who have experienced senseless gun violence in their child’s lifetime.
George Zimmerman saw Martin wear his hoodie while walking back from a shopping trip and called 911 to report suspicious activity; following this report, George shot and killed Martin within moments of meeting with him briefly.
Martin was born in Florida to Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, who divorced when he was four. He attended Miami Gardens schools such as Carol City High School and Dr. Michael Krop High School where his quiet personality took root; these schools included Carol City High School where his interest in aviation spurred his desire to be a pilot; however he struggled in school due to suspension multiple times.
George Zimmerman shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin while walking back from visiting a convenience store with his father’s girlfriend’s townhouse – becoming the first black teenager to become an advocate for Black Lives Matter nationwide.
He was an excellent student who participated in school football team and dreamt of becoming an aviation engineer. To open him up to new experiences, his parents sent him to “Experience Aviation”, where they taught him to fly airplanes at summer program.
Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin raised him in Miami Gardens, Florida as the oldest of three children, having one other sibling named Jhavaris who also attended Miami Gardens schools. To defend him effectively against accusations made against their son, his family hired prominent attorney Benjamin Crump as legal representation for their son.
Achievement and Honors
Martin was widely considered a good student at Carol City High School despite having average grades. He had tattoos of family member’s names on his body, was passionate about aviation and occasionally got himself suspended from school; during one suspension in late February 2012 he visited his father and father’s fiancee in Sanford, Florida for an extended visit.
Crump’s work in the Trayvon Martin case earned him numerous honors and awards, such as the Social Justice Impact Award at the NAACP Awards and recognition from many organizations and groups for advocating on behalf of racial equality and civil rights. Additionally, he has appeared in many movies and TV shows as a role player; most recently portraying attorney Z. Alexander Looby in Marshall.
The case sparked national discussions on race, crime and police violence. The teenage boy involved had been suspended three times from high school due to tardiness, writing “WTF” on a locker and using marijuana – yet had no history of violent behavior. At Dr. Michael M. Krop High School he had planned to study aviation.
Martin was the second child of Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, but his parents divorced four years after his birth. He had an older brother named Jhavaris; together, the family enjoyed ski trips and horseback riding trips. At nine years old, Martin saved his father from an electrical fire which started in their home.
After his family were found not guilty, civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump was engaged. Since then he has pursued multiple civil rights lawsuits against law enforcement agencies while also supporting families affected by police killings.
Lawyer Jonathan Greenwald has dedicated himself to fighting cases of police brutality towards black people, representing several victims such as Martin Lee Anderson, Alesia Thomas, George Floyd, Jacob Blake and Daunte Wright in court proceedings related to this topic. Consequently, Justice was done for them by having officers charged and imprisoned.
Sybrina Fulton is an American actress and producer best known for her roles in Marshall (2017), Beyonce: All Night (2016) and Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story (2018). Additionally, she is best known as Trayvon Benjamin Martin’s mother; George Zimmerman shot him to death while volunteering with a neighborhood watch program in Sanford, Florida in 2012. Since his passing 10 years have passed – yet Sybrina feels pain every day from this loss.