Trayvon Martin Remembered On Oscar Night As Celebrities Salute Slain Teen

Philip Trapp - Author

Feb. 26 2017, Updated 5:23 p.m. ET

Sunday marks five years to the day that Trayvon Martin was killed by George Zimmerman.

On such a macabre fifth anniversary, certain celebrities are honoring the slain teen’s life during a time when most of Hollywood’s attention is directed at the 89th Academy Awards ceremony, taking place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday night. The spirit of “Hoodies up,” the social media protest slogan sparked by Trayvon’s shocking 2012 death, remains strong among a respected group of Hollywood entertainers.

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Trayvon Martin was fatally shot by insurance underwriter George Zimmerman on the night of February 26, 2012, in Sanford, Florida. After a heady and heavily publicized trial, Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder in relation to the shooting on July 13, 2013. Martin was just 17-years-old when he was killed. On Sunday, the fifth anniversary of his death, numerous stars took to social media to offer their remembrances for Trayvon.


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