Why Trayvon’s Murder is So Upsetting

 Trayvon Martin Murder: Witnesses Heard Cries Before Gunshots

by Lisa Boyakins

It’s the talk at McClymonds: a 17-year-old shot and killed in Sanford, Florida after going out to buy iced tea and skittles, wearing a hoodie, like any of us. It was 7 o’clock at night.  People called it a racially motivated crime.

Students at McClymonds were angry and upset. Their reactions ranged from sadness and anger to disgust at how law enforcement has not arrested a murderer, namely George Zimmerman, the man who ran after Trayvon Martin and fatally shot him.

“I feel that this case is sad,” said Kevin Jennings, class of 2006. “An innocent kid was gunned down.”

Federal prosecutors are finally investigating the killing. A grand jury will hear evidence on April 10.

“The killing was wrong,” added Dante Bush. “If we don’t start punishing people who take the law into their own hands, then everyone will start killing people when they think it’s right.”

“It was disturbing. The boy looked like me when I was younger,” said Stephen Vance, a senior, “It wouldn’t happen in Oakland, not after Oscar Grant.”

One response to “Why Trayvon’s Murder is So Upsetting

  1. Great job on this piece, Lisa. The Trayvon Martin case is so disturbing and it is important to hear community voices respond to cases like this. It’s devastating to think that there are people who see our African-American youth as inherently dangerous and would react with deadly force. As a teacher in Oakland, I think about how people make assumptions about our students that can lead to such tragedy and injustice and it makes me sick.

    Your report is balanced and takes multiple perspectives into account. I would love to see you write and publish more articles about the case as it progresses.

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