Not many people knew who Trayvon Martin was until George Zimmerman fatally shot the 17-year-old. Now, the nation knows his name -- as well as what he texted and tweeted before he was killed.
Media outlets were able to access and publish his tweets (his account was closed shortly before his death) and Zimmerman's attorneys made Trayvon Martin's texts public. They paint a portrait of a troubled teenager who talked about marijuana use, school suspension, fighting, and the possible purchase of a gun.
Last week, we asked you whether Trayvon's texts and tweets should be admitted as character evidence in George Zimmerman's trial and hundreds of you responded with a wide range of opinions.
This week, we take the question to bloggers from The Stir.
Here's what they had to say in this week's Moms Matter Google Hangout:
Here's what some of you had to say.
Why would [the texts and Tweets] be important? Zimmerman didn't use them as a reason for killing this kid. He didn't know his character or his plans. He stereotyped him, correctly or incorrectly, what Zimmerman did was murder. He followed this kid and shot an unarmed person because he thought he looked out of place.
Character witnesses are used in trials all the time. Why not use character evidence that comes directly from the "victim"?
This isn't about [Trayvon's] character, it's about Zimmerman.
Yes. Let's get all the facts out there. this kid had more than skittles on his mind.
You've heard (and read) the opinions. Now tell us -- what do you think?