02:37 AM EDT 11/19/2014
Originally posted 08/19/2014 11:10AM
Few people can know exactly what the family of Michael Brown, the Missouri teen whose death at the hands of police has spurred widespread protests, is going through in the weeks since his fatal shooting.
Unfortunately, Sybrina Fulton is one who can.
Fulton is the mother of Trayvon Martin, the Florida high schooler shot by a neighborhood watch captain in similar circumstances. In the wake of her son's death, Fulton started the Trayvon Martin Foundation to provide support for the families of victims of violent crime.
Now, in response to the rumors and allegations surrounding Brown's death, she's penned an open letter for TIME.com to offer Brown's family her condolences and support in the days ahead.
Originally posted 02/05/2014 01:00PM
George Zimmerman is apparently employing the Tonya Harding strategy of fame management.
Just months after his acquittal of the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, the former neighborhood watchman is getting into the celebrity boxing industry. His opponent? None other than bark-hungry rapper DMX.
Originally posted 11/20/2013 06:20AM
George Zimmerman is once again a free man after an arrest on criminal charges – but his freedom carries conditions.
The former neighborhood watch volunteer who was acquitted in the fatal shooting of unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin earlier this year was released from jail Tuesday pending arraignment on the latest charges against him: aggravated assault, battery and criminal mischief.
Zimmerman was released on the condition that he wear an electronic monitor, keep his distance from guns, and stay away from the girlfriend who accused him of trying to choke her and then a week later pointing a shotgun at her. His bond was set at $9,000.
Originally posted 11/18/2013 02:45PM
George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of the murder of Trayvon Martin in July, was arrested Monday after a domestic violence call, PEOPLE confirms.
A woman identifying herself as Zimmerman's girlfriend told officers that he attacked her – and that she's pregnant, a law enforcement source tells PEOPLE. During a press conference later in the day, it was revealed that the victim now says she isn't pregnant.
Also during the press conference, the woman claimed that Zimmerman aimed a long barrel shotgun at her and broke a table. He then allegedly shoved her out of the house and barricaded her on her front porch.
Originally posted 09/09/2013 03:30PM
George Zimmerman, who was acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, was embroiled in another gun-related incident after his estranged wife called police claiming he threatened her.
Shellie Zimmerman, who filed for divorce last week, called police in the Central Florida community of Lake Mary shortly after 2 p.m. Monday. She had called 911 and claimed that he had a gun and made threats.
"I don't know what he's capable of," she says on the 911 call, her voice shaking before she begins to cry. "I'm really scared." Shellie then tells the operator that George punched her father, causing her dad's glasses to fly off, and has taken her iPad and smashed it.
Originally posted 09/05/2013 07:15PM
She stood by him after he was charged with the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin – and remained at his side throughout the trial – but now George Zimmerman's wife has decided to end their marriage.
According to ABC News, Shellie Zimmerman, 26, has filed for divorce from George Zimmerman, 29, her husband of six years.
The news comes just a few weeks after Shellie spoke to ABC News about how Zimmerman's trial affected her marriage.
Originally posted 07/21/2013 09:00AM
Thousands gathered in more than 100 cities across the U.S. Saturday to protest Stand Your Ground laws and to show support for Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager shot and killed last year by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who was found not guilty by a jury in his murder case July 13.
And Beyoncé and Jay-Z were among them.
The superstar couple attended a rally in Manhattan alongside a reported 2,000 protesters, including MSNBC's Rev. Al Sharpton and Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton.
"Jay-Z and Beyonce said they didn't want to speak and they didn't come for a photo op," Sharpton said, according to reports. "Jay-Z told me, 'I'm a father. Beyoncé is a mother.' We all feel the pain and apprehension – the laws must protect everybody, or it doesn't protect anybody ... We do not come from hate, we come from love of children."
Originally posted 07/20/2013 08:00AM
Halle Berry's happiness is apparently everybody's happiness, just as the sorrow over the death of Cory Monteith was shared in all quarters, it was seen in readers' responses to PEOPLE.com stories this week.
On a lighter note, new mom Jessica Simpson's baby daddy Eric Johnson showed off some swaddling finesse, to the amusement of all.
Here are the five stories that sparked the strongest reactions from readers this past week – the news that made you happy, sad, laugh out loud, awestruck, even angry.
And to make your responses known, keep clicking on the emoticons at the bottom of every story – one way to tell us just what you think.
Originally posted 07/13/2013 10:00PM
After 16 hours of deliberation over two days, the jury in the George Zimmerman murder trial has reached a verdict. He was found not guilty.
Zimmerman, who remained expressionless as the verdict was read, silently shook his lawyers' hands. He was released by the court shortly afterward.
Zimmerman's wife and parents cried in the courtroom. Soon after, Zimmerman was seen smiling.
Outside the courtroom the reaction was more emotional. Some were angry, others expressed disbelief.
Originally posted 07/11/2013 09:35AM
A judge on Thursday will rule on whether to allow the jury in the Trayvon Martin case to consider additional charges against defendant George Zimmerman – which would allow him to be convicted of lesser crimes if he is acquitted of murder.
Prosecutors are asking the judge to let the jury consider manslaughter and aggravated assault when they begin deliberations on Friday, USA Today reports.
Some see the request, which Zimmerman's lawyers oppose, as an indicator that prosecutors are not confident about the prospects of a second-degree murder conviction.
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