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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Trayvon Martin's Name Mentioned More Than 600,000 Times On Social Media Sites!

Trayvon Martin Shooting Death Sparks Outrage on Social Media

Social media has put the spotlight on the story Trayvon Martin, an unarmed African-American teenager who was shot to death last month by a neighborhood watch captain in Florida.

Martin was killed when he was returning to a gated community in Sanford, Fla., from buying candy at a convenience store. He did not have a weapon, the Associated Press reports.

The neighborhood watch captain, George Zimmerman, hasn’t been charged in the shooting of Martin, and has said he shot the teen in self-defense.

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, civil-rights activists and some lawmakers say race played a role in the killing and that the Sanford Police Department mishandled its investigation of the incident. They are also furious that Mr. Zimmerman hasn’t been arrested or even charged with anything.

Late Monday, the Justice Department’s civil rights division and the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced that they were looking into the matter.

The story has ignited fury on social media. A Facebook page for Trayvon Martin was started on March 15, which has more than 31,000 fans. It has been used to share information about Trayvon Martin, the details surrounding his death and the ongoing controversy.

Trayvon Martin has been mentioned more than 596,000 times on Twitter since Feb. 26, the day Trayvon Martin died, according to social media monitoring firm PeopleBrowsr.

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Sources: CNN, Facebook, Twitter, Wall Street Journal, Youtube, Google Maps

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