In the wake of growing national outrage, the Department of Justice announced last night that it will open an investigation into the killing of Trayvon Martin.

Since news broke of the incident earlier this month, there have been massive demonstrations, countless articles and blogs written on the incident, and a petition at that has already garnered over 500,000 signatures.

The masses are speaking out; the Feds can no longer ignore this tragedy.

From the Grio:

“‘The department will conduct a thorough and independent review of all the evidence and take appropriate action at the conclusion of the investigation,’ the agency said in an emailed statement.

The federal agency said it is sending its community relations service this week to Sanford to meet with authorities, community officials and civil rights leaders ‘to address tension in the community.’

Civil rights activist Al Sharpton is expected to join Sanford city leaders in a Tuesday evening town hall meeting to discuss with residents how the investigation is being handled. Earlier Monday, students held rallies on the campus of Florida A&M University in Tallahassee and outside the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center, where prosecutors are reviewing the case to determine if charges should be filed”

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As we reported to you earlier this month, 17 year-old Trayvon Martin was  shot and killed last month in his gated community by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman, who’d found him to be “suspicious.” Zimmerman has yet to be arrested or charged  in relation to the shooting.

Click here to sign a petition calling for the prosecution of George Zimmerman.