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Georgians remember Trayvon Martin, 1 year later

2:51 AM, Feb 27, 2013   |    comments
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SANFORD, Fla. -- It's been one year since neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in central Florida.

Tuesday Georgians gathered at the State Capitol to remember Martin.

On Feb. 26, 2012, Zimmerman spotted Martin walking through his neighborhood, a gated community, in Sanford.

Martin was walking back to a house he was staying at after a trip to a convenience store. Zimmerman started to follow him because he thought he looked suspicious.

Despite a police dispatcher telling him "you don't have to do that," Zimmerman got out of his truck to pursue Martin. They got into a fight and Martin was shot.

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Zimmerman was eventually charged with second-degree murder but has pleaded not guilty. He says Martin attacked him and that he shot the teen in self-defense. His trial is set for June.

(Associated Press)

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