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Street Outside Of Trayvon Martin's Florida High School To Be Renamed In His Honor

The road outside of Trayvon Martin's high school is being renamed after him.

Local officials in Miami have decided to rename the street outside of Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School after Trayvon Martin, who was in the 11th grade at the school when he was killed by George Zimmerman in 2012, according to the Miami Herald. 

Miami-Dade County Commissioners Barbara Jordan, Daniella Levine Cava and Jean Monestime voted to name a section of Northeast 16th Avenue between Ives Dairy Road and Northeast 209th Street "Trayvon Martin Avenue."

They noted that Martin's death sparked the initial usage of the term "Black Lives Matter" and kicked off nearly a decade of protests over racially-motivated killings. 

"Although borne out of tragedy, a new generation of activists was inspired by Trayvon Martin's death, and his name and image are recognized across the world and associated with the fight for social justice," Jordan wrote. "This board appreciates the social justice reforms spurred by his death, recognizes all that his legacy could have been, and would like to honor the life and memory of Trayvon Benjamin Martin."

The Miami-Dade’s Public Works Department told the Miami Herald they plan to put up the new sign within a few weeks and that the resolution would take 10 days before it officially goes into effect. 

"Trayvon Martin's heartbreaking death was the spark that ignited long smoldering demands for racial justice and equality for Black people and other people of color and united people of all races across the nation in making said demands," the resolution read.

"[Martin] was a typical teenager who enjoyed playing video games, listening to music, watching movies, and talking and texting on the phone. Martin intended to stay close to home and attend college at either the University of Miami or Florida A&M University,” the resolution added. 

Martin loved to fix dirt bikes and planned to study aviation once he got accepted to college, according to the resolution. 

Martin's death sparked national outrage after Zimmerman, who can be heard on a 911 call threatening to attack the high schooler, killed him. The 17-year-old was unarmed while walking back from the store with a drink and a bag of skittles. The 911 operator repeatedly told Zimmerman not to engage Martin because he was doing nothing wrong.

Zimmerman was later acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter due to Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law.

He has since used the case to make himself famous in conservative circles, auctioning off the gun he killed Martin with for $250,000 and harassing Martin's family with documentaries and lawsuits.

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