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Trayvon Martin's 'Last Words' Should Make Us Angry

by Adriana Velez on April 19, 2012 at 4:32 PM

george zimmermanNew details about the Trayvon Martin shooting have surfaced: A law-enforcement source close to the case (but not directly involved) claims to know Trayvon Martin's last words. That is, according to the accounts Zimmerman gave police.

The odd thing is, Martin's last words don't make much sense. They're baffling. Did Zimmerman make them up, distort what Martin really said, or are we just missing details that would give more context to the phrase Martin supposedly said just before he died?

If anything, Martin's supposed last words just deepen the mystery.

According to the source, right after Zimmerman shot Martin the boy said, "Okay, you got it" twice before dying.

Martin's father said police told him Trayvon's last words were actually, "Okay, you got me." This would make much more sense. But the family's own lawyer doesn't believe either version.

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Regardless, we'll probably never know for sure. This is just one more drop from the steady drip of random, out-of-context details that have leaked from this case. I just don't think we can take "okay, you got it" very seriously at all. Who cares what this anonymous source says Zimmerman told the police? We're not on the jury. And we're not being presented with a coherent case.

Really, I wish everyone with access to information would just zip it and let the grownups get their work done. I mean, thanks random source dude, for that totally unhelpful bit of information. What other non-illuminating details would you like to leak next? What this detail really reveals is how hungry we are to reach a conclusion about this story -- and how far away we still are.

Meanwhile, Zimmerman's family members will be testifying at his bond hearing tomorrow morning.

Do you think these really are Trayvon Martin's last words, or do you think we'll ever know?


Filed Under: crime, in the news, media


  • MrsCh...


    April 19, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    We'll never know. I don't believe anything Zimmerman says. So sad.

  • bills...


    April 19, 2012 at 5:13 PM
    Here it goes again. There is no proof, the family doesnt know, you dont know, so stop pretending that you know the case. Why dont you wait until the trial starts and you get actual facys and quotes from a "source"
  • Allis...


    April 19, 2012 at 5:47 PM
    Billsfan, try reading the whole article. She says, "Really, I wish everyone with access to information would just zip it and let the grownups get their work done." And then goes on to discredit the source.
  • Desti...


    April 19, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Then she shouldn't have posted it in the first place, and that is what billsfan was saying. No point in bringing attention to things you then denounce as a non fact. She did not write this to encourage people to layoff the case, read her other articles on this.

  • Sabrina
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    April 19, 2012 at 6:23 PM
    Could be his last words. Sometimes as people die, random nuerons fire, and they might say something that makes no sense. It's also possible that Zimmerman misheard his last words. After all, I sincerely doubt that he was paying close attention to what Trayvon was saying.
  • bills...


    April 19, 2012 at 6:26 PM
    Allison, I read the article. The blogger started crap and then in the end, tried to back off her earlier statements. She is no better than the rest of the media convicting Zimmerman and putting out statements that noone knows is true.
  • Hocke...


    April 19, 2012 at 8:55 PM
    Allison, take a look at this writers other piece about zimmerman on this site. Its called "zimmermans family bullies just like he does". The article was written on march 30th and states there is a "flood of damning facts" about zimmerman (yet interestingly she doesn't really state what they are...) The piece through Zimmerman AND his family completely under the bus. NOW she's gonn
    a write one that says she wished people with access to info should zip it?? Look at how she titled the article for gods sake!! His last words should make us angry??? If she wished people would zip it, she should take her own advice.
  • Hocke...


    April 19, 2012 at 8:56 PM
    And that would be - threw them under the bus.......
  • LadyR...
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    LadyRabbit White

    April 20, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    What martin meant was that he gave up and surrendered obviously he was tired and didnt want to fight anymore but zimmerman wasnt done and wanted blood.

  • Whitn...


    April 20, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    "I mean, thanks random source dude, for that totally unhelpful bit of information."


    I mean, thanks random blogger, for that totally pointless article repeating that totally unhelpful information.

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