Tributes mark 1st anniversary of Trayvon Martin's death
MIAMI (WSVN) -- Several tributes and events across the state are being held to mark the first anniversary of Trayvon Martin's death.
Martin's mother spoke on CNN, Tuesday morning. "We just feel that his life was cut short too soon and it could have been prevented," said Sybrina Fulton.
Students at Michael Krop Senior High School, where Martin used to be a student, showed up wearing hooded sweatshirts to honor his memory. "Their wearing the hoodies for Trayvon Martin," said student Sapir Cohen.
"It's had a big effect on the community," said student Chelsea Lewis.
From Miami to New York and across the country, the death of Martin continues to polarize one year after the teen was shot in Sanford, Florida by George Zimmerman. "Violence against African Americans has been part of this country's history for so long, that we're just getting to the point where we can stand up for ourselves," said one parent.
Zimmerman had claimed as he walked through his residential neighborhood, he encountered Martin, felt threatened then fought with the teen before fatally shooting him. Zimmerman has argued he shot Martin in self defense.
In his 911 call, Zimmerman is heard describing Martin's actions before the confrontation.
"He's got something in his hands. I don't know what his deal is."
Several celebrities, activists and a Miami Heat poster are showing support for Martin.
Zimmerman's supporters said they have raised thousands of dollars to help pay for his defense. He is expected to go on trial in June.
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