Tuesday, Feb. 26, marked the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old, self-appointed neighborhood-watch captain, who now awaits trial for murder in the second degree.
Trayvon would have celebrated his 18th birthday this month. A Million Hoodie March was organized in New York City this week in remembrance. The teen, whose untimely death sparked a national debate about racial profiling and the meaning of self-defense, was once described by a teacher as an “A and B student who majored in cheerfulness.”
According to official reports, Trayvon walked to 7-Eleven to buy Skittles and Arizona Iced Tea before returning to a gated community in Sanford, Fla., where he was visiting his father. Zimmerman called 911 upon seeing Trayvon, claiming the boy was “suspicious” and looked “like he’s on drugs.” Zimmerman followed the teenager; a confrontation ensued and Trayvon was shot to death.