A Peaceful Person
Trayvon‚Äôs family and friends have consistently stated that he was a peaceful person. Kindhearted, even-tempered and thoughtful are the adjectives the New York Times reported that the late teen‚Äôs loved ones used to describe him. Trayvon‚Äôs mother, Sybrina Fulton, told New York Times columnist Charles Blow that Trayvon hadn‚Äôt had a physical confrontation with anyone since his preschool years. Moreover, Trayvon‚Äôs older brother Jahvaris Fulton‚ÄĒthe person Trayvon fought with as 4-year-old‚ÄĒdescribed his departed sibling to CNN as nonviolent.
George Zimmerman has said that he killed Trayvon in self-defense because he feared the teen would kill him. But Zimmerman reportedly outweighed the youth by 100 pounds. Although Trayvon Martin stood just under 6 feet 3 inches tall. He only weighed 140 pounds, according to the New York Times. His lankiness earned him the nickname ‚ÄúSlimm,‚ÄĚ which he described himself as on the social networking site Twitter.
Trayvon was by all accounts a caretaker. He spoon-fed his quadriplegic uncle, Ronald Fulton, when no nurse was on hand to do so. He also babysat his 3- and 7-year-old girl cousins, nicknamed the ‚Äúbunnies.‚ÄĚ He often baked cookies for them, his family told the Times. The night Trayvon was murdered, his father, Tracy Martin, was having dinner with fianc√©e Brandy Green. Trayvon was in Green‚Äôs home with her 14-year-old son, Chad. Before heading to the store, Trayvon asked the boy if he wanted anything. The answer? Skittles. The candy Trayvon died with was for someone else.
Trayvon‚Äôs family members have been praised for keeping their composure while grieving a very public loss. They counter many of the vicious stereotypes some have tried to impose on their slain love one. Trayvon‚Äôs mother, Sybrina Fulton, is an employee for Miami-Dade County‚Äôs housing agency. His father, Tracy Martin, is a truck driver. Fulton and Martin are now divorced. His brother, Jahvaris Fulton, 21, is a student at Florida International University. The lives Trayvon‚Äôs family members have led give every indication that the teenager would likewise attend college and pursue a career rather than carry on as the thug he‚Äôs been smeared as being by certain right-wing organizations and news outlets.
Intelligent and College-Bound
A white supremacist by the name of Klanklannon hacked into Travyon‚Äôs Gmail and social networking site accounts to expose him as a ‚Äúthug‚ÄĚ to the public. But this hacker‚Äôs mission backfired when the gossip website Gawker reported that his email was filled with messages about the late teen‚Äôs interest in college and aeronautics. ‚ÄúA screenshot of Trayvon‚Äôs Gmail inbox our source provided us is heartbreaking,‚ÄĚ Gawker writer Adrian Chen wrote. ‚ÄúMartin apparently used his Gmail account for his college search, and it‚Äôs filled with emails about upcoming SAT tests and scholarship applications. (‚ÄėTrayvon, now is the best time to take the SATs!‚Äô) One email included the results of a career aptitude test, our source said. It ‚Äėtalked about his interest in aeronautics and stuff.‚Äô‚ÄĚ Both Trayvon‚Äôs mother and brother have remarked that he‚Äôd taken honors classes.
Hobbies and Interests
Like many teens, Trayvon had a series of hobbies and interests. He counted the edgy television show ‚ÄúSouth Park,‚ÄĚ the music of Bob Marley and the athleticism of LeBron James among his favorites. He liked to play sports himself and typical teenage jaunts to the mall. He especially liked his mother‚Äôs everyman dish of hamburgers and French fries. Count brownies with lots of nuts as his guilty pleasure, his grandmother told the New York Times. He earned money by painting houses, washing cars and working Pee Wee football league games.
Certain people have worked so hard to villainize Trayvon Martin I thought he deserved to have people know who he really was and who he was on the way to becoming, if he hadn't been killed in cold blood.