Supporters hold vigil, march for Trayvon Martin after release of 911 calls


Two days after several 911 calls were released in Trayvon Martin's shooting death, activists will hold a prayer vigil and march to the courthouse on Sunday.

St. James AME Church and the North Brevard Ministerial Alliance arranged the prayer vigil and march to make citizens aware of the case and garner support.

The event will begin at 3:00 p.m. at the church in Titusville. Supporters will then march to the Titusville courthouse. Activists in Brevard County say they got involved because Brevard and Seminole counties share the same State Attorney's Office, the 18th Judicial Circuit of Florida, where Norm Wolfinger is State Attorney.

This event comes just two days after the Sanford Police Department released several 911 calls that were made the night of the shooting.

According to police, George Zimmerman shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman said he shot Martin in self-defense.

Seven calls to 911, and a call by Zimmerman to Sanford police were released Friday night.

LISTEN: 911 calls 1 - 3 | 911 calls 4 - 6 | 911 call 7

LISTEN: George Zimmerman call to Sanford Police

Martin, who was visiting from south Florida was unarmed, and was returning from a trip to a store. He was carrying a drink and a bag of candy when he was shot.

The first call to police on the night of the shooting came from the Retreat at Twin Lakes subdivision in Sanford, and it came from Zimmerman.

“There's a real suspicious guy. This guy looks like he's up to no good, on drugs on something,” Zimmerman said on the phone.

Zimmerman told the dispatcher that Martin appeared to be holding something in his waist band. He said he was concerned because of recent burglaries in the neighborhood.

The dispatcher sensed, from sounds on the phone, that Zimmerman was following Martin. When he asked Zimmerman if he was following the teen Zimmerman said that he was.

“OK, we don't need you to do that,” the dispatcher told Zimmerman.

Minutes later, the first eyewitness called 911 because he saw Zimmerman fighting with the teenager. He said that he heard a loud sound.

“They're wrestling right in the back of my porch. It was either a rock at the window or something. The guy's yelling help and I’m not going out,” the caller to 911 said.

In another call you can clearly hear screams for help in the background. You can also hear what sounds like gunshots.

“I just heard gunshots…there's gun shots,” the caller said.

And then,

“Uh, I'm pretty sure the guy is dead out here, holy [expletive],” the caller said.

One eyewitness described seeing Zimmerman right after the shooting.

“There's a man walking out with a flashlight right now…A guy is raising his hands up. He's saying he's shot a person,” the caller said.

Martin’s family said in a news conference on Friday morning they feel betrayed by police.

The family, who traveled from Miami Thursday night, also said they want the FBI to take over the investigation.

The family believes Zimmerman should have been charged with murder.

"As a father I don't know what to say. I feel betrayed by the Sanford Police Department," said Martin's father, Tracy, during the press conference.

"This is not about race," said attorney Natalie Jackson. “Issues of race profiling started this.”

“He [ Zimmerman] pulled the trigger because he thought he had the authority to do so,” said Jackson.

Sgt. David Morgenstern said the department stands behind its investigation but welcomes another agency "to scrutinize and review" the case.

Witnesses Mary Cutcher and Selma Mora Lamilla came forward at the news conference to talk about the case.

Cutcher said she came forward and talked to the media about the case after she did not receive a response from police after contacting the department following preliminary interviews.

WFTV spoke with Martin’s father before the press conference on Friday morning.

“My son was murdered. It wasn’t an accident. My son did nothing to warrant this," Tracy Martin said.

Benjamin Crump, an attorney with the Martin family, said "We think it hasn't been fair and impartial at all that this kid was killed in cold blood but yet they chose every step of the way to protect George Zimmerman."

WFTV learned that State Attorney Norm Wolfinger sent a letter to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, asking the state agency to get involved in the investigation of Zimmerman. In the letter, Wolfinger stated, "At this time, I do not know exactly where the facts will lead, or what further investigative measures will be needed. But I do feel it would be appropriate to ask for the assistance of an FDLE investigator to collaborate with my office."

The FDLE e-mailed WFTV saying, "We are awaiting direction from State Attorney Wolfinger. Our role is to assist him. FDLE will be meeting with his office."

Wolfinger will decide if Zimmerman should be charged, or he could send the case to a grand jury to make the decision.