17 year-old Trayvon Martin Shot in His Gated Community by Neighborhood Watch

A 17 year-old African American young man was shot and killed last month in his gated community in Florida by a white neighborhood watch captain who’d found him to be “suspicious.”

Trayvon Martin had taken a break from watching the NBA All Star Game to walk to a convenience store and pick up some snacks for himself and his 13 year-old brother, Chad.

Neighborhood Watch captain George Zimmerman saw Martin on his way home and called 911 to report a suspicious person. But rather than await the arrival of the police, Zimmerman decided to take action himself. The resulting confrontation ended in an innocent, African American young man dead from a gunshot wound to the chest.