Social Media Outrage at Trayvon Martin's Shooting

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  1. In early March, the family of Trayvon Martin posted a petition to change.org, igniting a fury of outrage across social networks about his shooting. 

    Here is the petition:
  2. Part of the petition read:
  3. "Trayvon's killer, George Zimmerman, admitted to police that he shot Trayvon in the chest. Zimmerman, the community's self appointed "neighborhood watch leader," called the police to report a suspicious person when he saw Travyon, a young black man, walking from the store. But Zimmerman still hasn't been charged for murdering our son. "

  4. During the next several days, people rapidly shared pleas to sign the petition and Trayvon Martin's story across Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other social media.
  5. The Young Turks, an online news show, published this story on Trayvon Martin on March 8. It has generated more than 200,000 views on YouTube and spurred more than 7,300 comments. 
  6. Trayvon Martin Shot, Killed By Neighborhood Watch
  7. Major media outlets, including BET, ABC's Good Morning America, CNN and others, started to pick up on the story.
  8. But people continued to turn to Twitter and Facebook for updates on the case, as illustrated by this tweet:
  9. A Facebook page for Trayvon Martin was started on March 15, which has more than 31,000 fans. It has been used to share information about Trayvon Martin, the details surrounding his death and the ongoing controversy. 
  10. Here is a photo of the 17 year old, posted to the Facebook page.
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  12. In the past week, several celebrities tweeted about Trayvon Martin, putting more attention on the case. They included: 
  13. Here is a selection of tweets from users:

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