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Shooting case grows more complicated

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webmaster | 03/28/12

The plot is thickening in the case of the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin at the hands of George Zimmerman, 28, a neighborhood watch volunteer in the gated community in Florida in which both were living.

Witnesses to what happened say Zimmerman’s account is essentially true. They say the boy attacked Zimmerman by punching him in the nose and banging his head on the ground.

When police arrived, Zimmerman’s head was bleeding, and he had grass stains on his back, according to reports from Sanford, Fla., the city where this incident occurred.

People who were not present, however, are saying it was Martin, who was black, who was attacked, and he was shot for no reason other than Zimmerman figured he could get away with it.

Martin’s family is upset, and can’t imagine their boy would have done anything like the witnesses say he did.

However, they weren’t there, either.

It probably would be best to let the investigators deal with it and for all the publicity hogs to shut up until the facts are determined.

One fact that nobody seems to contest is that Trayvon Martin was wearing a hoodie, and there is no law against that.

You could drive around Madera on any day and see young people in hoodies — sweatshirts with hoods, or cowls, on them.

I used to wear a coat that had a hood, and I’d wear it once in a while to keep the rain off my head. Nobody tried to shoot me, thank goodness.

But keeping the rain off is not why some people wear hoodies. They wear them to make fashion statements. I’m not sure what that fashion statement is, unless it is to achieve an appearance of mystery, or to hide the wearer’s head.

However, if you were to drive by a monastery, you might see lots of people in robes with dark hoods. The monks wear that clothing to set themselves apart from the world, not to look mysterious.

There are a lot of interesting twists in this case, which should keep it in the news a lot longer.


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