A Year After Trayvon Martin’s Death, Sanford Is Healing
SANFORD, FL (WAOK) – One year after the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin the small central Florida city of Sanford is returning to its regular rhythm. Protesters are gone, and the downtown shopping district is back to its normal buzzing activity.
Trayvon Martin was an unarmed black 17 year old teen walking home from a convenience store with a bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea on February 26, 2012 when he was shot to death by George Zimmerman. Zimmerman at the time was an armed volunteer neighborhood watchman who became suspicious when he saw Martin wearing a hooded sweatshirt in the rain walking through the gated community. After Zimmerman confronted Martin, a fight ensued and Trayvon Martin was shot once. He died on the ground. It would be several days before Trayvon Martin’s parents would know the fate of their teenaged son. Zimmerman has always admitted that he shot Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman says the shooting was in self defense, based on Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. Martin’s family says the shooting was murder.
In the following weeks and months, thousands of protesters marched through Sanford and other cities around the nation, demanding that Martin’s shooter be arrested. Protesters criticized the Sanford Police Department for what they called a delay in George Zimmerman’s arrest. About six weeks later George Zimmerman turned himself into the Sanford police department.
Residents and officials say race relations in Sanford have improved since the shooting, but some worry about what might happen if Zimmerman is acquitted of second-degree murder.
Zimmerman’s trial will take place on June 10.
Here is the latest on the George Zimmerman case from our CBS Tampa affiliate