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Trayvon Martin Case: In Final Call, Told Friend He Was Being Followed

A 16 year-old girl spent the last moments of Trayvon Martin’s life on the phone with him, as he complained about being followed by the man who would ultimately shoot him.

The friend, who did not disclose her name, gave the details to the Martin family lawyer and the media:

“He said this man was watching him, so he put his hoodie on. He said he lost the man,” Martin’s friend said. “I asked Trayvon to run, and he said he was going to walk fast. I told him to run but he said he was not going to run.”

Eventually he would run, said the girl, thinking that he’d managed to escape. But suddenly the strange man was back, cornering Martin.

“Trayvon said, ‘What, are you following me for,’ and the man said, ‘What are you doing here.’ Next thing I hear is somebody pushing, and somebody pushed Trayvon because the head set just fell. I called him again and he didn’t answer the phone.”

The conversation took place five minutes before police arrived. They show that George Zimmerman, the assailant, caught up to Martin after Martin thought he got away. How can the situation possibly be described as self-defense, given that scenario?

Zimmerman also violated procedures of the Neighborhood Watch manual by carrying a firearm, though he had a license from the state of Florida to do so. “It should be emphasized to members that they do not possess police powers,” the manual states.

The Seminole County State Attorney announced he would open a grand jury investigation into the Martin case, which would mark the fourth major entity investigating the incident, including the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, the FBI and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Some listeners of the 911 call report that Zimmerman uttered a racial epithet in talking about Martin, but I think the similarly damning part of the call occurs around 1:32, when Zimmerman says, “These assholes, they always get away.”

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