On February 26, 2012, 17-year-old Travyon Martin was killed after returning from a local 7-Eleven in Sanford, Florida. Carrying only a bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea, Martin was reported to police for looking “suspicious” by 28-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. Zimmerman, a white male with a violent criminal record, armed with a 9-millimeter handgun, pursued the young African-American student — despite being directed not to by the police dispatcher who had taken his call. Weeks after killing the young honor-roll student, Zimmerman was still free, claiming that he shot the teen in self-defense. After international protests, he was arrested six weeks after killing Martin. However, on July 13, 2013, a jury found Zimmerman not guilty of any crime. Martin’s family, who believe that the teen’s only crime was “the color of his skin,” continue to fight for his justice.

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