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The Trayvon Martin Killing, Explained

The latest on how a teenager armed with Skittles and iced tea got gunned down by an overeager neighborhood watch captain.

| Sun Mar. 18, 2012 12:42 PM EDT

Explore all the primary documents, reports, and press releases from the Sanford Police Department related to the Trayvon Martin case, including the initial police report on Trayvon's killing. Or jump to the collection of videos below.


ABC News examines "enhanced" police video that apparently shows injuries to George Zimmerman's head.

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Al Sharpton's show on MSNBC aired a close-up of Zimmerman on police surveillance video on April 9 that seems to contradict the "enhanced" video ABC aired on April 2. While ABC's close-up seemed to show injuries to George Zimmerman's head, MSNBC's video close-up does not.

In an awkward interview with CNN, George Zimmerman defender (and fellow neighborhood watchman) Frank Taaffe adds fuel to the racial fires by insisting that "young black males" were up to no good in his "neighborHOOD." Asked whether he and Zimmerman were fixated on black men as potential criminals, Taafe responded: "Well, you know, there's an old saying: If you plant corn, you get corn."

A walk-through of the scene where Trayvon Martin was shot:

Video analysis of the townhouse development where the killing took place, narrated by managing editor and MSNBC contributor Joy-Ann Reid.

Fox 35 TV in Orlando interviews George Zimmerman's father, Robert. "I hope that my son can go on and do something with his life," he says. "It's just very, very sad."

President Obama refrained from public comment on the Trayvon Martin case for almost a week after it had blown up into a national news story. His comments in answer to a reporter's question on March 23 made instant headlines: "If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon."

Hundreds of protesters gathered in New York City on March 21 for the "Million Hoodie March," a memorial of sorts for Trayvon Martin. Mother Jones was on the scene and captured video of the protesters demanding justice for Trayvon:

ABC News reported that a 16-year-old girl spoke on the phone with Trayvon Martin just before he was killed, and she said Martin was evading the pursuer who would eventually kill him:

A neighbor of George Zimmerman's and a fellow night watchman in the neighborhood told NBC Zimmerman believed he was protecting the townhouse development when he shot Trayvon Martin:

It wasn't until Monday, March 19, that White House spokesman Jay Carney answered a question about the Martin shooting for the first time:

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