credit: Trayvon Martin's family

Trayvon Martin was a teenager from Miami Gardens, Florida, who was shot to death in February of 2012 at the age of 17 by George Zimmerman. Martin had been walking to his father’s fiancee’s house when neighborhood watch volunteer Zimmerman grew suspicious of his activity. After an altercation, Zimmerman fatally shot Trayvon Martin. Although Zimmerman was not initially arrested in the incident, he did later face charges after the case made national headlines and he was eventually acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges. The circumstances surrounding Trayvon Martin’s death sparked protests and rallies around the nation, and the incident and subsequent Zimmerman trial generated intense discussions related to racial profiling.