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In what is undoubtedly a sad day for people of color across America, George Zimmerman has been found not guilty for the death of Trayvon Martin.

The case of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman has rocked and gripped the nation for the past year. And now, it has abruptly come to an end on late Saturday evening.

A jury of six women found George Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder or manslaughter in the case of Trayvon Martin’s death, reports CBS News.

The jury deliberated until late Saturday night after Zimmerman’s defense wrapped up closing statements and the prosecution concluded rebuttal arguments Friday. Zimmerman, 29, was charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin during an altercation last year in a Sanford, Fla. gated community. Zimmerman pleaded not guilty, claiming he shot the teen in self-defense.

Already, the verdict has provoked passionate responses from many popular celebrities and personalities.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The possibility of protests, appeals and all of that is likely, but there’s very little that can be done in the future to erase the emptiness that this not guilty verdict has left behind. What’s a 17-year-old black boy’s life worth in America? Apparently not very much, according to a jury of our so-called peers.