SANFORD, Fla. - An unarmed black teen returning from a convenience store run to get snacks was fatally shot a month ago by a White Sanford neighborhood watch captain who thought the boy looked suspicious, according to a Reuters' report .
A month later, the victim’s parents say police still won’t turn over the 911 call the family believes will help as they continue to fight for the shooter’s arrest.
Trayvon Martin, 17, was visiting his father and step-mother in a gated community 20 miles north of Orlando, when he went on a 10 minute-walk to get a drink and skittles candy for his brother.
A man identified as George Zimmerman, listed as the Neighborhood Watch Captain on local newsletters, called Sandford police from his car and reported that he saw a suspicious person.
Martin’s family lawyer, Ben Crump, says that instead of waiting for the cops, Zimmerman confronted the teen on the side walk near his father’s home.
By the time police arrived, Martin was shot dead with a wound to the chest.
"What do the police find in his pocket? A can of Arizona ice tea in his jacket pocket and Skittles in his front pocket for his brother Chad," Crump said in the Reuters report.
The victim’s family fears the police may consider the shooting self defense, and they’ve requested the 911 tapes but have been ignored. The family believes the tape will provide helpful information.
The family lawyer says he believes that a stereo-type was behind Zimmerman categorizing the teen as suspicious in the first place, and race played a factor.
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