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The Trayvon Martin Case: It's About All Our Kids

by Abby Zimet

Proclaiming that their kids "have the right to walk in peace," Trayvon Martin's family last week hosted a Day of Remembrance Peace Walk between what would have been Trayvon's 18th birthday and the one-year anniversary of his shooting death on Feb. 26. Meanwhile, a judge has refused to delay an April "Stand Your Ground" hearing, unless there are "extenuating, extraordinary circumstances," where George Zimmerman hopes to avoid a second-degree murder charge by arguing he shot the unarmed teenager in self-defense under Florida law. His lawyer says the unemployed Zimmerman has gone through over $300,000 in his legal defense fund, $125,000, or $30,000 a month, in living expenses - and, evidently, a whole lot of Cheetos, having gained 105 pounds - and is considering declaring himself indigent. Which means that the public - you, me and Trayvon Martin's family - would have to pay for his defense.

Trayvon's family, with actor Jamie Foxx, at the "March for Peace" in Miami. On the front, his brother Demetrius Martin cries remembering Trayvon.