Members of slain teenager, Trayvon Martin’s family are appearing in Washington, DC today. Meetings are planned with lawmakers and activists. The congressional visit was organized by Representative Sheila Martin of Texas. It is unclear whether members of Martin’s family will speak, although multiple presentations are planned for the briefing.
The Department of Justice has announced its intent to review the details of the Martin shooting, reflecting what President Obama described as a desire that all parents in American should share to determine exactly what happened in Sanford, Florida on the night Martin was shot and killed.
This visit is just the latest aspect of the Trayvon Martin story that has impacted our community here in Norther Virginia. The acknowledged shooter in the incident, George Zimmerman was born and raised in Prince William County, Virginia. His family remains well known and well thought of in the Manassas community where he grew up.
All across the country there has been an outpouring of sympathy for Martin’s family accompanied by scathing criticism of the Sanford police following the shooting. Many have questioned why the shooter, George Zimmerman has not been arrested. Zimmerman claims he was acting in self-defense at the time and the Florida state’s attorneys’s office has indicated that there may not be enough evidence to secure a conviction.