Full Trayvon Martin 911 Tape Trayvon Martin Shooting





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Published on Mar 21, 2012

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Just moments before Trayvon Martin was shot and killed, he was on his cellphone talking with a 16-year-old girl. For the first time, the girl is speaking out about the last, horrifying moments of Martin's life.

"He said this man was watching him, so he put his hoodie on. He said he lost the man," the girl told ABC News. "I asked Trayvon to run, and he said he was going to walk fast. I told him to run but he said he was not going to run."

According to accounts gleaned from 911 audio recordings made the night of the killing and the teenage girl's statements, Martin eventually did run. But George Zimmerman wasn't far behind, and soon the two would be face to face. Zimmerman, the self-appointed captain of the neighborhood watch, was armed with a 9 mm pistol. Trayvon had little more than a bag of candy in his pocket.

"Trayvon said, 'What are you following me for?' and the man said, 'What are you doing here?' Next thing I hear is somebody pushing, and somebody pushed Trayvon because the headset just fell. I called him again and he didn't answer the phone."

The line went dead, according to the girl's account.

"He knew he was being followed and tried to get away from the guy, and the guy still caught up with him," Tracey Martin, Trayvon's father, told ABC. "And that's the most disturbing part: He thought he had got away from the guy, and the guy back-tracked for him."

Benjamin Crump, an attorney for Martin's family, said the 16-year-old girl's statement of what happened moments before Martin was killed, "connects the dots."

Crump tells HuffPost that Martin's phone records show that he spent much of the day talking on his cellphone with the teenage girl, whose parents asked that her name not be used. Crump said that the two teenagers talked upward of 400 minutes throughout the day, and that Martin spoke with the young lady as he headed to a nearby convenience store and again while he headed back the half-mile or so back to his father's home.

The last call took place at 7:12 p.m., Crump said, at about the time that the girl says Martin noticed that he was being followed and took off running. At 7:17 p.m., according to a police report, the first officers arrived on the scene -- a patch of grass between a row of townhomes at the Retreat at Twin Lakes, the gated community in the Orlando suburb of Sanford, where Trayvon, 17, was visiting his father -- to find the teen dead from a single gunshot wound to the chest.

In a call to 911 prior to the confrontation, Zimmerman said Martin looked high and suspicious, walking around slowly and looking at the homes. Crumps says the phone records show he was doing nothing more than talking on the phone with a young lady he was fond of.

The Sanford police questioned Zimmerman, 28, who told them that he killed Martin in self-defense. Zimmerman was soon released without being charged.

The police say they do not have enough evidence to counter Zimmerman's claims; despite the fact that as early as March 8, Sanford Police chief Bill Lee told HuffPost that Zimmerman disregarded a 911 dispatcher who told him to stand down and wait for the police to arrive. And that at some point Martin realized that Zimmerman, a stranger on a cellphone, was following him.

Lee's description of the events just before Zimmerman shot Martin also seem to corroborate the girl's account.

According to Lee, Zimmerman told investigators that Martin noticed that he was being followed and asked, "What's your problem?"

"He obviously knows Zimmerman is following him," Lee said. "So that's where this physical confrontation takes place."

With the national media spotlight shining more brightly, hundreds of thousands across the country have joined outraged calls to action, signing petitions calling for Zimmerman's arrest or are joining rallies and protests in support of Martin.

The pieces of the puzzle surrounding Martin's killing on Feb. 26 are slowly coming together, as more witnesses come forward to correct the record about what they saw and heard that night. Meanwhile, more scrutiny is being put on how local law enforcement has handled the case, as state and federal authorities have stepped in to investigate the killing further.


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