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Trayvon Benjamin Martin was a 17-year-old African-American high school student who lived in Miami Gardens, Fla., with his mother, Sybrina Fulton. In February 2012, Martin was visiting his father, Tracy Martin, in Sanford, Fla., after receiving a 10-day suspension from Krop Senior High School. The suspension stemmed from the discovery of drug residue in Martin's book bag.
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On the night of Feb. 26, 2012, Zimmerman called 911 to report "a suspicious person" in the neighborhood. He is instructed not to get out of his SUV or approach the person. Zimmerman disregarded the instructions. Moments later, neighbors report hearing gunfire. Zimmerman acknowledges that he shot Martin, claiming it was in self-defense. In a police report, Officer Timothy Smith wrote that Zimmerman was bleeding from the nose and back of the head.
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Records from the Altamonte Family Practice show Zimmerman sustained injuries the night of the shooting: Open wound of scalp, without mention of complication; nasal bones, closed fracture; assault by other specified means. Also, photos of Zimmerman reportedly taken right after the shooting show him with streaks of blood on the back of his head and blood on his nose and lips.
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However, Martin's family members say Zimmerman tracked down and sought out Martin, ignoring a 911 dispatcher's directive to stay in his SUV, then shot dead the unarmed teen. Tests made public in May 2012 show Martin never handled the gun he was shot with, and DNA tests didn't show Zimmerman's DNA under Martin's fingernails, which would have suggested a prolonged struggle.