He was a 17 year old high school senior who lost his life in Florida…under the premise of “Stand Your Ground”. Florida's "stand your ground" law, allows citizens to use deadly force if they "reasonably believe" their safety is threatened in a public setting, like a park or a street.
Floridians are not restrained by a "duty to retreat" from a threat while out in public, and would be free from prosecution or civil liability if they acted in self-defense.
There are 23 other states that have a “Stand Your Ground” provision/law. Below is a list of the “stand your ground” states (and their murder rates…in 2010…source). Most of them are the usual suspects and not a surprise to me!
Rest in peace...Trayvon Martin!