Tracy Martin, Trayvon's father, urges calm after Ferguson shooting

Belleville News-DemocratAugust 12, 2014 


A man looks back at the police as a tear is dispersed at the intersection of Lang Drive and W. Florissant Avenue on Monday night, Aug. 11, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/MCT)


Tracy Martin knows the pain a Ferguson, Mo., family and their community are feeling over the fatal shooting over the weekend of an 18-year-old unarmed black man.

Martin's son, Trayvon Martin, 17, was fatally shot by a neighborhood watch security guard, George Zimmerman, on Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford, Fla., a suburb of Orlando.

The shooting sparked a national debate, and the case is strangely similar to the shooting of Michael Brown.

Witnesses said Brown was walking to his grandmother's house Saturday evening when he came in contact with a Ferguson police officer, and through that contact, Brown ended up losing his life. The officer has been placed on paid administrative leave.

The incident sparked racial unrest, rioting and looting across North St. Louis County on Sunday night. More than three dozen people have been arrested.

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