It’s Been 5 Years Since the Death of Trayvon Martin — Here Are Things You Didn’t Know

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On the night of February 26, 2012, in Sanford, Florida (near Orlando), 17-year-old African American high school student Trayvon Martin was shot and fatally killed by George Zimmerman, a 28 year old mixed race Hispanic man. Who can forget that Zimmerman was charged with Martin’s murder but was later acquitted at trial on the grounds of self-defense? It’s hard to believe that it’s already been five years.
Since then a lot has happened. A foundation has been set up in Trayvon’s name. His parents are considering running for office. A book about the incident and the aftermath has been released and so much more.
For Trayvon’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, the fight for justice is not over. They have co-authored a book and are traveling the country spreading the word of justice and equality.
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How Trayvon Earned $$$

Did you know that Trayvon earned money by mowing yards so that he could go roller skating with his friend Aiyanna?

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A Foundation

The Trayvon Martin Foundation was established to help end gun violence and strengthen families.

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Trayvon’s Parents

Did you know that Trayvon’s parents are considering running for office?

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Reaching for the Stars

Did you know that Trayvon was an honor student who wanted to one day become a pilot?

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Rest in Power

In January 2017, Trayvon’s parents (Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin) released the book “Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin”.
From Amazon.com: “Trayvon Martin’s parents take readers beyond the news cycle with an account only they could give: the intimate story of a tragically foreshortened life and the rise of a movement.”

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A Promising Future

Trayvon Martin’s mother to a Chicago teacher: “Tell your students their lives matter, their future matters…[tell them] keep your heads up.”

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Protect Our Youth

When will the day come when young black kids won’t have to wonder “Am I next?” The fight must continue in memory of Trayvon.

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Rest in Peace

Never forget Trayvon’s story. And we should never forget the oppression of black individuals in today’s society.

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Still on the Loose

Trayvon’s killer, George Zimmerman has had numerous run-ins since that fatal night in 2012. In an ironic twist, in 2014 was shot at by Matthew Apperson during a road rage incident. Apperson was eventually arrested and convicted of attempted murder and aggravated assault with a firearm on September 16, 2016.

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Taking to the Streets

Trayvon’s parents have never given up the fight. They continue to spread the word that gun violence is senseless and black lives matter. The fight for justice and equality will go on as long as necessary.

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Never Forget

People and organizations all over the country are still seeking justice for Trayvon. And it’s up to us as a people to never forget his legacy and what would have, could have, been.

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