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Trayvon Martin Tried to Get Away From George Zimmerman Before Being Shot

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Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin apparently was being followed by self-appointed neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman before Zimmerman shot and killed the unarmed teenager, according to ABC News.

The case has gained national attention for its racial overtones (Martin was black, Zimmerman white) and how it raises questions about Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law.

ABC News talked with a 16-year-old girl who was speaking with Martin on his cell phone right before he died.

ABC is not identifying the girl, but says she provided cell phone records backing up the fact she was talking with Martin at the time.

"He said this man was watching him, so he put his hoodie on. He said he lost the man," Martin's friend said. "I asked Trayvon to run, and he said he was going to walk fast. I told him to run but he said he was not going to run." Eventually he would run, said the girl, thinking that he'd managed to escape. But suddenly the strange man was back, cornering Martin. "Trayvon said, 'What, are you following me for,' and the man said, 'What are you doing here.' Next thing I hear is somebody pushing, and somebody pushed Trayvon because the head set just fell. I called him again and he didn't answer the phone." The line went dead. Besides screams heard on 911 calls that night as Martin and Zimmerman scuffled, those were the last words he said.

Our colleague Mark Simpson at WMFE in Orlando covered this story for Morning Edition as well.