Local Residents React to Latest in Trayvon Martin Case

By Rachel Martin

April 11, 2012 Updated Apr 11, 2012 at 11:25 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Indiana’s NewsCenter interviewed several people in downtown Fort Wayne to get their reaction to George Zimmerman being charged with second degree murder.

Indiana’s NewsCenter interviewed 14 people Wednesday night. Most sympathized with 17-year-old Trayvon Martin’s parents. No one seemed to support George Zimmerman, but said they’ll let the justice system decide. Here is what some people had to say:

“I was just glad that finally, at least the individual who has been charged will have his day in court. Those of us who have been closely following this case have only wanted that from the outset.
“This young man’s life’s disruption though, was the result of a dangerous assumption that continues to take place in our community far too often. If a young male, Black is seen, there’s the assumption that he must be off track, and heaven knows if he’s wearing a hood he must be up to no good.
“I think this now becomes the tipping point to shift those kind of assumptions that people make far too often, and of course now with this far too tragic outcome,” Rev. Bill McGill, Sr. Pastor of Imani Baptist Temple and former President of Fort Wayne NAACP.

“I feel sorry for Trayvon Martin and his family, and I believe that Zimmerman does deserve to be punished for his actions,” Ben Schwaberow, Leo.

“Anyone who’s innocent should not be shot or even falsely accused of anything. So I’m just glad there’s some justice for him,” Chloe Buchanan, Leo.

“I think it was a fair thing they did by at least bringing the guy to trial. To shoot a young man that was defenseless, I think that was wrong. I think he [Zimmerman] deserves to go to trial. He’s not guilty just yet, but it’s a fair deal. I’m praying for the family, the father, the mother. I just think to do a kid like that, and for parents to lose a kid that way, is unfair,” Guy Faulkner, Fort Wayne.

“I’m glad it’s finally coming to some kind of fruition. I think we need to wait and see what the facts are,” David Sorg, Fort Wayne.

“I think that man deserves to go to jail, and I don’t know why he murdered him,” Nathan Williams, 13.

“I hope that they come to a comfortable conclusion that is equal for everyone and that the parents get some resolve,” Carla Escosa, Fort Wayne.

“We have to let the course of the law take care of the details because obviously there are some conflicting reports as to exactly who did what and unfortunately, we have a person who’s dead and justice needs to be made, and that’s why we have the system that we have to let justice prevail,” Marcelo Gavilanez, Bluffton.

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