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Trayvon Martin: One month after Martin's death, local outrage grows

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(ABC7, AP) — It's been one month since Trayvon Martin was shot to death by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla., and outrage and demands for justice are growing.

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Maria Roach, a former Florida resident who now lives in Maryland, delivered a petition to the Justice Department Monday filled with more than 500,000 signatures demanding the agency take action in the case.

Students at the School Without Walls in Washington, D.C., have also taken action. Many have written letters to the Florida attorney general about the fact that Zimmerman has not been arrested.

"To know that Trayvon is the same age as me and looks like it, it really let me know that we needed to do something," said Kristin Ellis, a senior at the school.

Many at the school are calling this the civil rights movement of their time.

"It could have been my brother, my best friend, my  boyfriend, anybody — and so it touched me, and so now we're just asking for justice," said senior Neah Everih, who organized the campaign.

On Monday, it was revealed that Trayvon Martin had been suspended from school for marijuana before he was shot and killed.

Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, and family attorneys blamed police for leaking the information about the marijuana to the news media in an effort to demonize the teenager.

"They killed my son, and now they're trying to kill his reputation," Fulton said.

Meanwhile, a new eyewitness told ABC News that it was Zimmerman pleading for help on the 911 tape after being pinned down, not Martin.

 

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