Trayvon Martin Is Shot and Killed by George Zimmerman
On a late February night in Sanford, FL, George Zimmerman shoots and kills 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The Sanford Police Department questions Zimmerman, who claims that Martin confronted and attacked him, slamming his head onto the ground while pummeling him, leaving Zimmerman with no choice but to shoot him once in the chest. Police release Zimmerman. It is initially a local news story.