Florida grand jury hears evidence in the case of the killing of seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin. It determines whether there is enough evidence to bring the case to trial.
The African-american teenager was fatally shot by George Zimmerman, a self-appointed member of a neighborhood watch. It happened while Martin was walking through a gated community in Sandorf, a suburb of Orlando.
Zimmerman followed Martin under the claim that "he looks like he is up to no good". He continued the pursuit even after the police officer, who answered Zimmerman's emergency call, told him to stop.
By the time police arrived, Martin was dead. Zimmerman claimed to have shot him in self-defense.
The prosecutor called for Zimmerman's arrest saying that ''he [Zimmerman] is allowed to come and go as he please, while Trayvin Martin is in a grave". The call was supported by a petition and a number of rallies were organized by students and members of the community where the shooting took place.
Zimmerman's opponents see the killing as a murder with racist motives. President Obama commented on the incident and said it was "obviously a tragedy". He also said that Florida shooting should prompt some "national soul-searching".
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