'Fake' Trayvon Martin picture circulates on the web; image actually shows a different person

5:19 PM, Mar 27, 2012   |    comments
An image circulating on the Internet claims to show Trayvon Martin giving a vulgar gesture in a Facebook photo. The picture has since been determined to not be of the slain 17-year-old. (WTSP)
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TAMPA (WTSP) -- As public outrage over the shooting of a Florida teen by a neighborhood watchman grows, so too has a backlash against 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

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An unarmed Martin was shot and killed in February as he was returning to a home from a 7-Eleven by 28-year-old George Zimmerman. Claiming self defense, Zimmerman has not been arrested.

Rallies and protests have since erupted, demanding Zimmerman's arrest. Meanwhile, others have come to Zimmerman's defense and some have questioned the media's bias and narrative surrounding the shooting.

Over the weekend, a picture began circulating that claimed to show Martin in a less-than-flattering light: shirtless, sagging pants, and giving the finger to the camera.

The image quickly circulated across blogs and websites, with many claiming it as evidence that Martin was not as innocent as family and supporters claimed, as well as alleging media bias.

There is one problem to that claim: the picture is not Trayvon Martin.

Or at the very least, he's not the one who made worldwide headlines after his death. The Facebook page the picture came from appears to belong to a different Trayvon Martin, whereas the image is nowhere to be found on the slain teen's profile.

Street Wise Pundit, a liberal blog, claims the widely circulated "fake" Trayvon Martin picture originated on a white supremacist website.

(WTSP Tampa)

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