"Released 911 calls in the vigilante killing of a teenager may make your stomach turn," WFTV-Channel 9 anchor George Spencer opened a newscast this morning.
Sanford police released those recordings in 17-year-old Trayvon Martin's death. The tapes were the top story on local newscasts late Friday evening and Saturday morning. Trayvon's parents this morning appeared on NBC's "Today," which titled the segment "neighborhood watch killing." CNN has given the story heavy coverage.
In other 911 calls, neighbors tell of hearing a fight between the males, screams for help and gunshots. Zimmerman has said he shot in self-defense; Trayvon was unarmed.
CNN's David Mattingly said, "The identity of the person pleading for help is in dispute, as well as the number of gunshots. But there is no doubt the calls capture the sounds of a deadly end to a tragic encounter."
Trayvon's death has stirred outrage across the nation and the world. That fury brings to mind the anger over Caylee Anthony's death. People abhor the unnecessary deaths of children, our most precious resource, be they 2 years old or 17.
The day people stop being outraged, that's the day we'll need to start worrying. But it sure is disheartening to see Central Florida back in the headlines this way.