Whatever happens, let there be peace

I have been following the George Zimmerman murder case since it’s inception and actually before even the police actually charged him. I have not changed my opinion on George Zimmerman’s guilt in the murder of Trayvon Martin. For me the bottom line of this case was, none of this would have happened if George Zimmerman listened to dispatch and stayed in his car. Whatever happened beyond him getting out and actively following this youth resulted because of his initial decision to get out of the vehicle with his gun ready to fire. For me that is all that matters.

Now we are at the point in the case that there is a real possibility of a decision as to guilt or other finding and there is tension on both sides. I am very concerned that whatever decision that comes down will cause some people to consider acting inappropriately. I hope I am wrong. I hope that we can remember that this is about a young man whose life was cut short and will never grow into the man he may have been. So let’s put Trayvon back into this scenario not as a file number but as a young man.

Trayvon was just 17 when he was fatally shot and killed by George Zimmerman, who was then 28 years old and a self professed Neighborhood Watch captain. Trayvon was more than a victim.

Trayvon was a student, a son, a grandson, a friend, an athlete and so much more. He had his whole life ahead of him including the very real possibility of graduating, going to higher education, marrying the girl of his dreams, becoming a father and sharing his children with his mom, Sybrina. All of those things will not happen because of one poorly made decision. If Zim had never gotten out of his truck with a loaded gun, Trayvon would still be here and have an entire future ahead. He’s not. George Zimmerman pleads for his freedom yet he took Trayvon’s away in one second flat with the bullet from his gun. We’ll never know who or what Trayvon would have been because of one unthinking act or perhaps more sinister, an act that he knew he may have to commit by stepping out of his vehicle.

Today, July 13, 2013, the testimony from John Donnelly was left intact even though he was in the courtroom for two days and was actively taking notes. O’Mara claimed that he was seated in the row behind George’s wife, Shellie, as she asked him to provide support while she was in the courtroom. Judge Debra Nelson caught that and questioned the validity of his comments and then he changed his story to infer that Donnelly was only ever “asked” to attend court by Shellie Zimmerman because she could not due to being sequestered. From that information alone, he should never have been allowed in the courtroom and his statement should be stricken but we don’t live in a perfect world and the judge dismissed the motion to have his testimony struck from the record. I’m sure I heard an audible “boo” from my own living room when she announced that.

So now on the eve of the starting of closing remarks, we are left to wonder what will happen if… We know this is very heated and that whatever decision comes down, there will be people who will not agree with it but do not get angry enough to lash out at anyone. There does not need to be more violence. We can continue supporting the cause of Trayvon and not let his death be in vain. Since George Zimmerman was charged there have been no more states who have approved a Stand Your Ground law and that says something right there. Trayvon did matter.

When the decision comes down I will be finished following the case, reviewing the same facts used in this case and wondering if the world will become a better and safer place. I think Trayvon’s death taught us that we must look out for each other and not judge people based solely on the color of their skin, their religion, age or what they like to wear. We must move forward to prevent this from happening again. We must teach our children that stranger danger is real and may be closer than we think. It’s a sad place when you have to teach your children to be afraid but I can’t help wondering what might have happened if Trayvon acted afraid and that would have been enough to douse the flame of revenge on any given “assholes” or “fucking punks” which George deemed a threat to his community.

The bottom line is that George made the wrong decision and there are no winners. Well the winners are actually all around financially if you look.

  • George Zimmerman has gained money and doesn’t have to work for the same things you or I have done. Why? Because he killed Trayvon Martin.
  • His brother, Robert Zimmerman JR. made money from media appearances and probably makes money on his tweets too. Why? Because his brother George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin.
  • His mom and dad, Richard and Gladys Zimmerman are making money from their donation site. Why? Because their son killed Trayvon Martin.
  • George Zimmerman’s friends are gaining too by writing their own book. Why? Because their friend George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin.
  • Zimmerman’s father, Richard, also just released a book. Why? Because his son George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin.
  • The guy who owns the gym and trained George Zimmerman in physical combat such as boxing is making money. Why? He has a new ad on his site where he says he will train the people the same way George was trained but will only respond to emails and only after the trial so he cannot be impeached. Again why is he making money? Because George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin.

The entire group are money hungry and instead of looking at this in a serious manner of someone’s 17 year old son being killed by their then 28 year old son/friend/client who got out of his car with a LOADED gun ready to fire, they look at what they can gain financially. In my own opinion, the whole crew of them should have a special place in hell if there is such a place. No one should make a penny off of the death of another person in whom they caused. Speaks to the moral character and for me their moral character is more immoral than moral.

We need to get beyond what the Zimmerman supporters are doing and support Trayvon’s family because they lost their child and that is a hole which no amount of money can ever fill. My heart is with Sybrina Fulton, Tracey Martin and their family and friends. From this Canadian, one big hug to you and a shoulder to cry on if you ever need it.

Thanks for reading my blog. Have a great day.

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