Trayvon Martin's Final Phone Call Minutes Before His Death
1 year ago
Girl spoke with Martin while he was being chased by Zimmerman.
While many of the witnesses in the Trayvon Martin shooting were inside their houses when they heard arguing and gunfire, one witness was on the phone with him before his tragic death.
Yahoo News has learned that Martin was speaking to a 16-year-old girl on the phone, who remains unidentified, moments before his untimely death.
The teenage girl spoke to the Martin family attorney, Benjamin Crump, about the last moments of Martin's life.
"He said this man was watching him, so he put his hoodie on. He said he lost the man," Martin's friend said. "I asked Trayvon to run, and he said he was going to walk fast. I told him to run but he said he was not going to run."
The girl then said he began to run thinking he would escape, but eventually bumped right back into Zimmerman.
"Trayvon said, 'What, are you following me for,' and the man said, 'What are you doing here.' Next thing I hear is somebody pushing, and somebody pushed Trayvon because the head set just fell. I called him again and he didn't answer the phone."
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The line went dead and those were the last words anyone ever heard from Trayvon aside from screams and gunfire. The phone call occurred five minutes before police first arrived on the scene.
Martin's parents listened to the call along with ABC News.
"He knew he was being followed and tried to get away from the guy, and the guy still caught up with him," Tracey Martin said. "And that's the most disturbing part. He thought he had got away from the guy and the guy back-tracked for him."
The FBI, Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Department of Justice will probe the case. The DOJ released a statement last night:
"The department will conduct a thorough and independent review of all of the evidence and take appropriate action and the conclusion of the investigation. … The government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a person acted intentionally and with the specific intent to do something which the law forbids. Negligence, recklessness, mistakes and accidents are not prosecutable under the federal criminal civil rights laws."