George Zimmerman Arrested: Trayvon Martin’s Killer Charged With Second-Degree Murder
A month and a half after he was shot to death while walking home with a Snapple and a bag of Skittles, 17-year-old Florida teen Trayvon Martin‘s killer, George Zimmerman, has officially been charged with second-degree murder.
The hip-hop community stirred up an uproar over the Feb. 26 shooting, after the wayward neighborhood watchman walked away from the teen’s shooting, claiming self-defense, thanks to Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law.
Talib Kweli, Ghostface Killah, Janelle Monae, Big Boi, Killer Mike, Nas, Game, Young Jeezy and many more joined in the public outcry over the killing, which inspired songs by Plies and Bad Boy signee Los, and reached as far as the White House, where President Obama personally called for an investigation, stating “If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon.”
It appears that their voices have finally been heard, as special prosecutor Angela Corey announced Zimmerman’s charges during a press conference in Jacksonville, Florida, earlier today.
The accused killer, who had been in hiding for weeks, has subsequently arrested, and is now being held in an undisclosed location. He faces life in prison, if convicted.
“We wanted nothing more, nothing less, just an arrest. All we wanted was an arrest from the very beginning,” Trayvon’s mother, said at a press conference following the announcement. “Heart has no color, it’s not black or white, it’s red. Thank you from my heart to your heart.”