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Trayvon Martin Case: Stars Tweet for Justice

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The national uproar over the Feb. 26 shooting death of Trayvon Martin has been dominating the headlines on news channels and social media for several weeks. The 17-year-old teen was shot and killed by neighborhood watch patroller George Zimmerman in the gated community of Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman told a 911 dispatcher that Martin, who was carrying an iced tea drink and a pack of Skittles, looked suspicious and began to follow him against explicit instructions by the dispatcher not to do so. Minutes later, Martin was killed by Zimmerman who claims it was in self-defense. As of yet, Zimmerman has not been charge with any crime.

Celebrities like Cher, Questlove of the Roots, Spike Lee, John Legend, Gabrielle Union, Big Boi, Oprah Winfrey and Janelle Monae have voiced their outrage on Twitter. They also have thrown their support behind an online petition at to have Zimmerman prosecuted for killing the young man. So far, over 800,000 people have signed the petition. Meanwhile, Wyclef Jean and other public figures held a vigil in New York Wednesday night (March 21) dubbed “1 Million Hoodie March” in honored of the slain teen Trayvon Martin.

A resolution may be on the horizon, as the New York Times reports that the Department of Justice has opened an inquiry into the shooting.

We would like to send our heartfelt condolences to Trayvon Martin's family.


Cher (@cher): We MUST NOT FORGET [TRAYVON MARTIN]! This Beautiful Young man was MURDERED IN FLA. & his killer was SET FREE without even a drug test! SHAME. !



John Legend (@johnlegend): We're pissed because no one should get killed with IMPUNITY because they “look suspicious” (are black with a hoodie). Murder is illegal. If you get caught you go to prison. This is egregious because the guy is comfortably sitting at home



Questo of The Roots (@questlove): Oh TRUST, i have no doubt Zimmerman will see his day in court. i however wanna know how will the police get dealt w/



Big Boi (@BigBoi): TRAYVON MARTIN PETITION 4 JUSTICE. Please sign and share widely:…



Wyclef Jean (@wyclef): This is real Trayvon martin was only 17 years old! if we let this slide they will keep killin 17 year olds your kid will be next!



Spike Lee (@SpikeLee): Send a bag of Skittles to Chief, Bill Lee. Sanford Police Station. 815 West 13th Street. Sanford, Fl 32771 #TrayvonMartin #fb



Bun B (@BunBTrillOG): Million Hoodie March. #TrayvonMartin



Tichina Arnold (@TichinaArnold): I Repeat: I WILL NOT let the death of INNOCENT #TrayvonMartin go until #GEORGEZIMMERMAN is bought 2 JUSTICE. That baby was MURDERED 4NOTHING



Joel Madden (@JoelMadden): Justice has got to be served for #Trayvonmartin PLEASE SIGN



Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu): #TrayvonMartin case has exposed some ppl as monsters…not just Zimmerman but ANY1 who makes excuses 4 a man who kills an unarmed child



Janelle Monae (@JanelleMonae): I'm gonna keep sending this out until justice is served. Racial profiling on our people has got to end. #trayvonmartin



Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah): anyone who's lost a loved one knows their pain. I'd interview them too, but want the eyewitnesses & Zimmerman.



Star Jones (@StarJonesEsq): They drug tested #TrayvonMartin dead body…but didn't drug test his killer. As @TheRevAl said: This is a NATIONAL OUTRAGE.



Taraji P. Henson (@TherealTaraji): When I think about #TrayvonMartin I can not help but worry about my own son! I am so sad and angry right now! Have been all day actually.



Tichina Arnold (@TichinaArnold): I vow to send a tweet EVERYday about #TRAYVONMARTIN until this horrible incident is BOUGHT to JUSTICE. I ask that my followers hold me to it


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