Trayvon Martin: Murder or Accident?
The death of unarmed, seventeen year old Trayvon Martin has captivated the nation with the help of media and civil activists. Many have pinpointed this case as an act of racism and the fervor has infuriated the nation. These emotions were heightened when the shooter, George Zimmerman, was not arrested due to a controversial stand your ground law in Florida that allows citizens to use deathly force in the form of self defense. However as the facts of the case began to surface and the people of America became defiant, Zimmerman was finally arrested\ and charged with second-degree murder.
On Friday Zimmerman publicly apologized to Trayvon's family over the loss of their son and the judge set Zimmerman's bail at $150,000.
Since this story has been a main topic in the news for the last month I am saddened at the story and of the loss of a boy that was my age. I do not know what happened that night that George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin, so I can not make assumptions and form an opinion. What I do know is that this is a sad story and that both Martin and Zimmerman are victims. I am not condoning Zimmerman's actions, in fact they infuriate me. However, I do think that he will forever live with the regret for what he has done and he will resent whatever vice caused him to pull the trigger in that moment, whether he was provoked or not. I hope that the family of Trayvon Martin might find peace at the end of such a tragic story.