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Trayvon Martin Memorial In The Works

July 17, 2012 by  

Trayvon Martin Memorial In The Works
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Trayvon Martin supporters want a permanent memorial in Sanford, Fla.

The city of Sanford, Fla., might pay homage to Trayvon Martin by placing a memorial in the city.

City officials removed memorial items from outside the subdivision where the 17-year-old teen was shot by George Zimmerman on Feb. 26. Residents complained that the makeshift memorial consisting of teddy bears, balloons and silk flowers was an eyesore.

“It had gotten incredibly shabby. It just looked horrible,” said Patty Mahany, a city commissioner. “It was no longer a fitting memorial.”

The removal of the items has triggered an uproar. Martin supporters claim that some of the residents and government officials are trying to forget about Martin’s death. Their complaints have prompted the consideration of a permanent memorial.

But if a memorial is built, it won’t be go up without a fight. The United Sanford Alliance is planning to petition the proposed memorial.

“It’s extremely unpalatable to the majority of the residents, it’s disdainful because we don’t know yet who the victim was and who the aggressor was,” said Frank Taffe, a friend of Zimmerman.

The group responsible for the temporary memorial, the Concerned Citizens of Sanford, is considering different ideas for a more permanent memorial.

Francis Oliver, a member of the Concerned Citizens of Sanford, told NBCNews.com that Taffe’s comment is irrelevant.

“We know who’s dead, don’t we?” said Oliver. “Memorials are for the dead, not the living. This was a young life.”

The original memorial items were placed in the Sanford Museum.

Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.

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  • post*tenebras*lux

    Idols to keep the “victim” ideology going.

    • diana

      This guy should not have been there he was most likely look who to break in and rob, look at his record it is a shame he went the wrong way, maybe the break up of his parents was to much for him, he was at one time going the right way, just a shame the young ones suffer for us adults

      • dirah

        it is sad to see all the racist sentiments about this unfortunate teenager who did nothing more the go to the store that night. who among you hippocrits didn’t smoke marijuana as a teen? Just remember all your thoughts and everything you say is recorded in the akashic records, but iof course you don’t know what that is. karma is nothing to play with.

      • Firefight

        Dirah,
        You say, “it is sad to see all the ‘racist’ sentiments about this unfortunate teenager who did nothing more the go to the store that night. who among you hippocrits didn’t smoke marijuana as a teen?

        You sound like the racist here and you talk like you were with Treyvon the night he got himself shot. He “did nothing more than go to the store that night” He did do something else that night, Dirah. He managed to get himself into a confrontation that got him killed. Now, I am one of those individuals who did not smoke pot as a teenager, and my mind is clear enough and I am smart enough to know better than to walk through a neighborhood at that hour. What was he doing going to the store at that time of night? Why was he expelled from school if he was such a great kid? I, personally have walked to the store many times as a kid and never, NEVER, did so at that time of night. I knew better. I didn’t walk around people’s homes and look in windows and I didn’t try to start something with any neighborhood watch people. Treyvon made some mistakes that night and we will only know the truth about all of that when the trial is over. Until then, don’t try to portrey this kid as anything, especially as “just some unfortunate kid.” At this point, we definitely know that your description does not fit him. And, it is much more likely that Zimmerman is the unfortunate one with all the black community coming down on HIM so totally racially.

  • http://n/a AmFer

    Utterly ridiculous.

  • Doug

    Maybe they should just blow up Chicago and then bulldoze it then set up a memorial for all the children and others killed there by idiots. Then they can do the same for Detroit! So where is all the outrage for continual killing of innocent lives in these and other liberal cities? Liberals are nothing but mentally deranged individuals. Hey but who needs guns to protect themselves right because the good old cops (organized crime) a division of our government (biggest organized crime syndicate) are there to stop crime. Can’t wait to hear from FLUSHY and ROBERT two very deranged idiots!

    • wandamurline

      A short history lesson….Planned Parenthood was started by Margaret Sanger, a progressive liberal who was a racist and wanted to start these places in the bl@ck communities so to stop these people from increasing their numbers and then, if you look back, the KKK that everyone trashes every day (as they should) were made up of mostly Democrats. Now, the Democrats are fueling the fire of Martin. When the trial starts, it will be very difficult for Zimmerman to get a fair one in Florida….they should ask for a change of venue to Texas or another state that is not so biased. I feel that they will use Zimmerman as a scape goat and send him to prison for no other reason that to keep the ignorant people in Florida who cannot see beyong skin pigmentation from rioting. Of course, this would help Obama’s campaign that is in trouble if he can call for marshall law to keep from getting his can kicked down the road. This was all instigated (not the shooting) just the after scenarios because it had been over a month before the lamestream media decided to help bring racial bigotries to the forefront.

      • Jacobite

        Mararet Sanger — even a stopped clock is correct twice a day. Memorial to Trey von Martin? Bulldozing Chicago, Detroit, NYC, Los Angeles, Gary, IN, and Washington DC would be a memorial to common sense, civilization, and the salvation of American society.

      • Firefight

        Jacobite,
        Don’t forget Dearborne, Michigan and all those wonderful Muslims.

  • hooder

    Memorial to a dopehead? He’s only the victim of his own doing.

    • Eric Jones

      Do you have any proof he,s a ” dopehead ” ? no no you don,t you are just buying the ” official ” story designed to make the killer the victam and the deceased a monster.

      • 45caliber

        Really? I suppose the arrests for selling, etc. were all fabricated? Boy, have you been lied to!

        • Eric Jones

          Any past crimes martin may OR may not have commited are irrelevent zimmermen is still a murderer.

      • Nancy in Nebraska

        His autopsy show marijuana in his body. I guess that would make him a dope head. Yup!

        • Eric Jones

          I see so everybody who smokes pot automatically deserves to be hunted down and shot?

      • Kinetic1

        Yes, 45, all evidence suggest that these stories are fabrications meant to discredit Martin. The only official police evidence to date is the leaked information about Martin’s suspension from school for possession of an empty bag with traces of marijuana in it. Was it his? Did he use the contents or sell it? How much had been in the bag? There were trace amounts of THC in his system at the time of the autopsy, so he must have used some at some time. Of course the effect of marijuana tends to be a mellowing of the user, not heightened aggressiveness, so what’s the point? As far as the baggy is concerned It’s all circumstantial evidence, the sort you would be shooting down if it were related to Zimmernman.

        What’s not circumstantial is Zimmerman’s confirmed use of Temazepam and Adderall, both drugs that have dangerous side effects. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine,Temazepam, which is taken for insomnia can cause anxiety, hallucination, fatigue, nervousness, dizziness, aggressiveness and hallucinations. Adderall, which is taken primarily for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, can cause aggressiveness, delusions, hostility, anxiety and depression. Now, give the man a gun and a ridiculous law that allows him to chase someone down and shoot him “in self defense” and you have a real story!

        Of the two, only Zimmerman has a documented history of violence. Of the two, only Zimmerman was taking drugs that are known to cause aggressive behavior. Of the two, only Zimmerman can be shown to have been looking for trouble. The list goes on and on.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dan.mancuso.56 Dan Mancuso

      To Hooder et al;
      It would be nice to say to you all, leave your opinions at home until the court case is finished. BUT, how much can the court system be trusted today to render an un-biased verdict and can justice be served. Does my being white bias me towards Zimmerman being in the right and Martin being in the wrong? Maybe, maybe not. I just have to look around to see what’s going on – racialy – since Obama got power.

  • Mort

    The city of Sanford has some prime real estate suitable for erecting a ‘memorial’. It is called the City Dump.

    • 45caliber

      Is that where he is buried?

      • http://www.facebook.com/larry.kemp.31 Larry K.

        no he’s not buried there, he would contaminate the soil.

  • Firefight

    The comments made by Francis Oliver are way out of line. She needs to sit down and shut up. Though memorials are for the dead and departed, memorials have traditionally been for those individuals who lost their lives in a manner consistant with deserving a memorial. That would include soldiers, law enforcement, firefighters and citizens who lost their lives while trying to save the lives of others. Years ago, near a small community in Texas called Meyerland, a military jet crashed. The pilot chose to stay with his aircraft and thus sacraficed his life to keep his crippled plane from plunging in the residential area. He managed to crash his aircraft into an area where no homes were. This man was a hero and deserved a memorial. That did not happen. But HIS actions were a clear example of who deserves a memorial. Trevon DOES NOT! At this point it would be totally inappropriate to erect any kind of memorial for Treyvon Martin for the specific reason that he is clearly not a hero and never will be. Whether or not he was a victim is still irrelavant. He did not lose his life in a manner befitting a hero. It is time for all of us to wake up and tell the left extreme to stop screwing with traditional values and to stop degrading the concepts of what is worthy of respect and what is not. Oh, Obama never did a thing to warrant receiving the Nobel prize for peace. Another example of the left degrading the significance of such a prestegious award.

    • Firefight

      In fact, there IS no appropriate reason to erect ANY kind of memorial for Treyvon except to further the causes of the ACLU and the NAACP. All of these people need to sit down and shut up. No one has a cause that is greater than the cause to create peace among all races. Stop following those who keep things stirred up and use your brain to figure this all out.

      • 45caliber

        FF:

        I fully agree.

    • Kinetic1

      Firefight,
      Time to climb down off that high horse. Memorials are created for all sorts of reasons , many having nothing to do with heroes. There is a small memorial in our neighborhood remembering a 12 year old girl who was killed by a drunk driver. There’s another out on the highway for a group of high school kids who went joy riding and hit a semi on a blind curve. These kids weren’t anything close to heroic, but the community felt they needed to be remembered.

      I don’t believe anyone is talking about a huge monument here, but to read the comments on this site even a 6″ x 12″ plaque set into the lawn would be a crime. A 10 foot tall spire to the heroic efforts of Mr. Zimmerman on the other hand……

      • Firefight

        Kinetic1,
        After reading your post, I rest my case. People have lost the ability to understand the purpose of a TRUE memorial. Placeing a cross along side the highway for a loved one died there is a remembrance. People do that alot these days. BUT, a memorial is for fallen heros. THAT would be someone who has sacraficed their life to save the life or lives of others. IE, The Viet Nam Memorial wall, the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier. Those are two examples of memorials. A plaque where some kids died while joy riding hardly fits any kind of reasoning to be called a memorial. In fact, I would guess that the purpose in remembering those kids with any kind of plaque is to make others aware of what can happen when kids act irresponsibly and do stupid things. Once again, errecting any kind of such structure for Treyvon Martin is not appropriate and ONLY serves to further the causes of such RACIALLY MOTIVATED groups as the NAACP and the ACLU.

  • Robert F

    Is it going to go near the Whitney Houston memorial?

    • ohoh

      Either that, or Michael Jackson’s.

      • Robert F

        Yep, American sure lacks real HEROS don’t we, We glorify people who are in showbusiness, those who excell in sports, and “victims” like Martin. We glorify people who kill themselves with drugs, but not real heros like military people who lose limbs in wars. Why don’t they get a memorial, each and every one of them? They are the real heros, not some drug using slimeball who happen to write a few songs, rush for 300 yards, or are ” celebrities”.

  • fish

    “Now the world is truly UPSIDE DOWN” When PUNK CRIMINALs are Honored For their violant behaver and the “VICTOMS” are prosecuted!” Something “EVIL” this way comes. GOOD SHOOTIN ELE! GOOD SHOOTIN ZIMMY!

    • http://pln. larry k.

      glorify the dope heads and make them all immortal, i say all the dope heads aught to overdose and die.

    • Kinetic1

      fish,
      PUNK CRIMINALs are Honored For their violant (sic) behaver (sic) and the “VICTOMS (sic)” are prosecuted!”?
      A neighborhood watch volunteer sees someone he feels may be trouble. The local law enforcement official who is responsible for the neighborhood watch program had conducted a training session, which the man attended where she instructed members to be “the eyes and ears” for the police, “not the vigilante.” Members of a neighborhood watch “are not supposed to confront anyone,” she said. “We get paid to get into harm’s way. You don’t do that. You just call them from the safety of your home or your vehicle.”
      “Using a gun in the neighborhood watch role would be out of the question.”

      SO, what does he do? He calls the police to report his suspicion. He follows his suspect, even after the police tell him not to. He leaves his vehicle to search for and confront the suspect, despite his training. He is carrying a gun, in direct violation of his training. He says he was jumped, claims the assailant threatened to kill him and tried to get his gun, and so he shoots his alleged assailant. This is your “VICTOM” (sic)

      A teenager, visiting his father’s girlfriend walks down to the local 7/11 to get a treat for her kid. Walking back, he looks around at the houses in the neighborhood, then notices he is being followed by a truck. He calls his girlfriend on the phone and tells her he is scared. She tells him to run, but he thinks it better not to, at least not yet. Next thing you know he is screaming for help, a shot rings out and he is dead. Evidence suggests that there was an altercation, but the police fail to turn up or preserve any evidence as to who did what. Whether or not he jumped the shooter, the fact remains that he was being followed, at night by an unknown, armed individual. This is your “PUNK CRIMINAL”

      Talk about a world that is “truly UPSIDE DOWN”.

      • 45caliber

        Interesting. However, what I’ve seen on this shows things in a somewhat different sequence. I wonder why that is?

      • Kinetic1

        45,
        You offer no details and a thinly veiled accusation. Do you have an actual point to make.

      • Nancy in Nebraska

        Nice story, but it’s fiction. The “official” story was that Zimmerman thought he looked suspicious. He started following Martin and called 911. The operator told him to stop following him and to go back to his vehicle. In the tape recording of the call, at the beginning of the call Zimmerman is out of breath from following Martin. He acknowledged the operator and you can hear his breath slow down. I heard it. He was returning to his vehicle when Martin circled around and attacked him from the rear. He was attacked BY HIS VEHICLE! He HAD returned to his vehicle! Witnesses could not see who was who but said that the man in red was on the bottom and was screaming for help. Some of the witnesses couldn’t tell who was screaming but said that the man in red was on the bottom being beat up. Zimmerman was wearing red!!! Martin was punching him in the face and slamming his head against the concrete. When he thought he was going to lose consciousness he got the gun out and shot him. The physical evidence showed that Zimmerman had a broken nose and abrasions on his face and the back of his head had cuts and abrasions. He refused an ambulance but was later taken to the emergency room where his wounds were treated and photographed. I think I also read that he’d had a slight concussion.
        Your story is an absolute fiction not backed by any of the evidence. It is a tragedy that Martin was killed but if he had just kept walking and hadnt decided to beat up Zimmerman, he would be alive today! People who use violence to solve problems often die from violence!

  • SJJolly

    EYESORE: Something objected to on artistic or political grounds.

    Who was the victim in the Trayvon Martin matter? Both, and neither. The specifics of who did what and when are unclear, but in general, two individuals with negative attitudes met, interacted, and one ended up dead, the other heading for a criminal trial.

  • http://survivingurbancrisis.wordpress.com Silas Longshot

    Still looking for the race riots when Zimmerman is aquitted for self defense. That may be 0bama’s excuse for martial law before the elections. He’s already signed executive orders getting the scene preppared for lockdown.
    surviving urban crisis.

    • 45caliber

      Silas:

      They are doing their best to try to come up with other reasons to try Zimmerman now. They apparently found some girl who he “molested” when they were both small.

      • Larry K.

        they’ll try anything to convict mr. zimmerman. all he did was save the taxpayer money for getting rid of a dope addicted thug.

  • Art

    The little black ass thug got what he deserved

    • Eric Jones

      And one day so will you preferably with a chainsaw.

    • Kinetic1

      Art,
      While I disagree with Eric’s vulgarity, I can’t help but agree with his sentiment. On what do you base such a callous comment? There is no evidence that Trevon Martin was anything other than an average kid. Yes, he smoked some marijuana at some point, but other than that he had no recorded history of violence or crime. Of the two, Mr. Zimmerman’s record suggests that he was a much less desirable person, but even after what he did I wouldn’t say he deserves to be shot and left to die in the street.

      • Larry K.

        i understand he had a crimminal tool with him in school and also attacked a bus driver.

      • Kinetic1

        Larry K,
        I have not heard anything about a “criminal tool”. As for the bus driver, there is a twitter feed, allegedly from his cousin asking if he took a swing at a bus driver. There’s no evidence that it ever actually happened, though that hasn’t stopped the story from being spread as gospel truth.

      • Nancy in Nebraska

        The school officials who searched his backpack found a bag that had a small amount marijuana in it. They found a burglary tool and a bag of women’s jewelry. Instead of calling the police, they suspended him. He was SUCH NICE INNOCENT BOY!!!

        • Eric Jones

          Again past crimes do not mean automatic guilt. your assuming he,s guilty and that,s not americas system.

      • Nancy in Nebraska

        I was responding to kinetic saying he was a nice average boy. Where I live, nice average boys don’t come to school with a baggie containing traces of pot, a burglary tool and a bag of women’s jewelry.

    • dirah

      one day you are going to have to face your karma.

    • dirah

      to Art one day karma is going to catch up with you.lol

  • Bob

    Way to go Mr Zimmerman,another black thug,bites the dust,make the memorial in the city dump,or the MARIANAS TRENCH…

    • Eric Jones

      Hoe the hll does wlaking around in a hoodie carrying NOTHING but a icetea and a bag of skittles make you more of a ” thug ” then a guy who goes around shooting UNARMED teenagers in the back? just curious.

      • 45caliber

        Eric:

        You should check out the facts of this case. Treyvon wasn’t shot in the back … among other things.

        • Eric Jones

          Perhaps he wasn,t shot in the back it dosn,t matter he was still trying to get AWAY from zimmermen which makes self-defence impossible.

      • Nancy in Nebraska

        Zimmerman was out looking for bad guys. If Martin had just kept on walking, absolutely nothing would have happened. He was looking for a fight because someone was following him. He circled around and attacked Zimmerman. Let me say it again, if he had kept walking nothing would have happened!!! If you go looking for a fight, you may not like the results!!!

        • Eric Jones

          So it,s martins fault for not wanting to be followed home by a stranger? your logic is amazing!!!!!

      • Kinetic1

        Nancy,
        “Zimmerman was out looking for bad guys. If Martin had just kept on walking, absolutely nothing would have happened. He was looking for a fight because someone was following him. He circled around and attacked Zimmerman”

        At least that is what Zimmerman would have you believe. There is no evidence to prove Zimmerman’s claim. For all we know, Zimmerman may have caught up to Martin and demanded that he come with him, prompting Martin to resist him. Zimmerman was not a cop and had nothing to suggest that he was anything other than a guy with a gun. For all Martin knew he might have been a robber.

        Zimmerman wasn’t just out looking for bad guys. Everything about his actions suggest that he was out looking for someone to shoot.

        • Eric Jones

          EXEPT NO ONE COULD FIND MARTINS ALLEDGED WEAPON !!!!!

      • Nancy in Nebraska

        The shooting took place near Zimmerman’s truck! He HAD returned to his truck!!! If Martin had just kept walking he would not have been killed! You can make up all the “maybes” and “might haves” that you want, but that doesn’t mean they’re true! The jury will listen to the evidence and make their decision and it won’t be based upon what you say happened.

        • Eric Jones

          And if unlike you they acually understand the system zimmermen will spend the rest of his miserible life in a hole.

    • dirah

      To Bob unfortunately you people are not spiritual or you would know about the akashic records. the things you are saying and the way you feel about other human beings are going to catch up with you sooner or later and it won’t be pretty but remember you will have brought this on yourselves, and going to church is not going to help you because the evil is in your heart.

  • 45caliber

    If someone wants to fund this, go ahead. If you want me to fund it with my tax dollars, no way. Treyvon was well on his way to a prison when he was killed. Why should there be a memorial to a criminal? Oh, wait! This is typical of them now, isn’t it?

  • FWO21

    Kids die every day and there are no memorials made for them, in public anyway. Why is this one so special?

  • Mort

    Memorials are established to honor those who have contributed, in some way, to the betterment of society. In general, a memorial will inlude an epitaph justifying its establishment. That may even include innocent bystanders who died in collateral withactions against the community. There is a distinction to be made between personal memmorials and community memorials. The cemeteries are replete with personal memorials, persons whose lives were primarily meaningful to their family and friends.But for a memorial to become a community memorial requires a higher standard.

  • Mort

    9cont.)

    It is difficult to find an epitaph justifying a memorial for Trayvor Martin. Perhaps a suitable one would be Obama’s words. If I had a son… But please treat it as a personal memorial, paid for out of pocket, with Obama’s personal funds. I will stand by my original comment, the community can provide real estate for that memorial at the town dump.

  • JoMama

    Oh brother!! He was not great – why would anyone honor him?? He would have killed Zimmerman if Zimmerman didn’t kill him first. There are MANY great black people who we SHOULD honor first. What the hell makes hi so special or great enough to honor them with a memorial?? He was a punk & nothing else.

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