Trayvon Martin: One-year later


New York City council members hold a press conference on the steps of City Hall to call for justice in the Feb. 26 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, in New York March 28, 2012.


Allison Joyce

Feb. 26, 2012. 

That's when neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman shot dead an unarmed black teenager in Sanford, Florida. 

Now, exactly one year later, a small sidewalk memorial marks to spot were Trayvon was fatally shot, shooter George Zimmerman is accused of second-degree murder, and the trial is set to begin June 10th, according to CNN

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At the center of the debate following Trayvon's death is Florida's Stand Your Ground law, which allows, according to Reuters, the "use lethal force in self-defense" if someone is "in fear of serious bodily harm."

And while many people, outraged at the young boy's death and recent deadly shootings, look for action to curb gun violence, some advances, though small, have already been made. 

"This is the first time in about five years that there has been no new Stand Your Ground laws enacted in any other states in America," said Benjamin Crump, attorney to Martin's parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin.

"So I say that is a plus for the advocacy for Trayvon Martin," Crump said. "This time last year nobody knew about this little-known law called Stand Your Ground but now everybody knows about it."