MORE PHOTOS: Trayvon Martin’s slaying rivets the nation
The fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin in a gated Florida community by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman on Feb. 26 has sparked protests around the country. President Obama even weighed in on the case, in which Zimmerman now faces a charge of second-degree murder. Here are key moments in the case as it evolved from a neighborhood killing to a nationwide debate.
Feb. 26, 2012Trayvon Martin, 17, is walking back from a corner store in Sanford, Fla., with a bag of Skittles candy and iced tea. George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, reports him to police and begins following him, despite pleas by a dispatcher not to do so. Zimmerman fatally shoots Martin. Zimmerman tells police he killed Martin in self-defense after a fight. No charges are filed.Family photo/AP