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Trayvon Martin Will Receive Posthumous Degree in Florida

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BY SUSAN JOHNES

A university will award Trayvon Martin a posthumous Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation five years after a neighborhood watch volunteer fatally shot the black teenager in central Florida.

An announcement on Florida Memorial University’s official Facebook page says Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, are scheduled to accept the degree during the May 13th ceremony.

Martin’s father graduated from the Miami Gardens University. He is the co-founder of Trayvon Martin Foundation along with her wife, Tracy Martin.

The University’s statement stated that it would honor the incredible steps Martin took toward becoming a pilot when he died in 2012.

George Zimmerman is the man behind the shooting incident. He said that he shot Martin in self-defense as he was returning to his father’s home after a trip.

The 17-year-old teen was an African-American high school student who lived in Miami Gardens, Florida. In February 2012, Martin was visiting his father in Sanford, after receiving a ten-day suspension that stemmed from involvement in drug abuse from Krop Senior High School.

George Michael Zimmerman was a part-time student at Seminole State College. At the time of the shooting, he was a neighborhood watch captain at the Retreat at Twin Lakes gated community in Sanford, Florida.

Police Officer named Timothy Smith arrived at the scene few seconds after the shot and reported finding Zimmerman standing near Martin, who was lying in the grass unresponsive.

At that time, Zimmerman stated to Smith that he had shot Martin and was still armed. Smith handcuffed Zimmerman and confiscated his black semi-automatic pistol.

Smith observed that Zimmerman’s back was wet and covered with grass. The officers did not seize Zimmerman’s vehicle until after his wife had moved it.

Zimmerman was treated and released by paramedics while still at the scene of the incident. Officer Smith said that he heard Zimmerman say he was yelling for someone to help him, but no one would give him a hand.

The police determined that Zimmerman yelled for help at least 14 times in a 38-second span. The question of who needed help remains inconclusive.

Zimmerman was released five hours later after the police chief said that there was no evidence to deny Zimmerman’s claim of acting in self-defense. Besides, under Florida’s Stand Your Ground statute, the police are prohibited by law from making an arrest.

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