Trending News Monday: Reactions to Two Big Stories: Zimmerman and Monteith

Today we’re bringing you two major and emotionally-driven headlines that trended this weekend: George Zimmerman’s verdict and Cory Monteith death.

A Heated Debate

Probably everyone has at least heard about George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed Trayvon Martin last year in Sanford, FL. Zimmerman plead not guilty to murdering Martin, and the jury reached a verdict on Saturday.

In case you’re not familiar with the case, here are the basics:

February 26, 2012, Zimmerman spotted a 17-year-old “suspicious”-looking Martin walking alone in the rain and looking at nearby houses (some of which had been robbed in the past). Zimmerman reported Martin as a “guy up to no good, on drugs or something,” to the police, and identified him as black. Then, Zimmerman pursued Martin, despite authorities telling him not to. According to Zimmerman and witnesses, Martin assaulted Zimmerman. Some witnesses stated Zimmerman yelled for help, but after hearing recordings from 911 calls, Martin’s family claims it was Trayvon. Acting on Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, Zimmerman, who was bruised and bloodied from Martin punching him and bashing his head into the sidewalk, shot Martin in the chest and killed him.

The jury delivered a not guilty verdict because Zimmerman acted on self-defense and there was not enough evidence to convict him. However, the ruling caused an uproar, and people have speculated that the jury favored the defendant because of his race: of the six women who formed the jury, five were Caucasian.

President Obama released the following statement:

“The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America. I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher.

 

“But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son.

 

“And as we do, we should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities. We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis.

 

“We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this. As citizens, that’s a job for all of us. That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin.”

Although Zimmerman was acquitted, the Martin case is not over. The NAACP released statements on Sunday that they will pursue Civil Rights charges with the Department of Justice—stating that the case has “re-energized the movement to end racial profiling in the United States.”

As much as we in the land of the free would like to believe that we’re colorblind in terms of the law and public perception, this case shows that a racial prejudice still exists.

Do you agree with the jury or should Zimmerman have been charged with manslaughter or murder?

 

The Death of a Rising Star

Our Space Cory MonteithThe body of Cory Monteith was found in his room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver, Canada by hotel management after he missed his checkout time Saturday night. He was 31.

Monteith made headlines earlier this year when the actor checked himself into rehab, and was honest about his addictions—which started when he was 13. Authorities are running an autopsy today, but the toxicology results won’t be in for at least several days. For the moment, police have ruled out the possibility of foul play.

Monteith is most recognized for his role as Finn Hudson on Fox’s award-winning Musical Comedy, Glee. The series is set to return this fall for its fifth season.

Jillian Roscoe, spokeswoman for Lea Michele, Monteith’s girlfriend and Glee co-star, released a statement asking “that everyone kindly respect Lea’s privacy during this devastating time.”

The truly saddening young star’s death startled Hollywood and many costars, celebrities and fans twitted their shock and condolences:

#RIPCoryMonteith… So unbelievably tragic. Please #prayforLea..

— demetria lovato (@ddlovato) July 14, 2013

 

Monteith was honest with his struggles and an inspiration to his fans. The young star will most certainly be missed.

Cover Photo Source: By Orange County Jail, Florida / Transferred bySuperm401, via Wikimedia Commons
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 Alex is a junior executive at SJG. A native of Spain, he majored in Advertising and Public Relations at the University of Málaga. His personal philosophy, stay focused on the game, drives his work and creativity. Alex is hardcore gamer, movie theatergoer and is always online. You can always find him catching up on the latest TV show and discussing it on the net.