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March 21st, 2012
03:20 PM ET

Did Trayvon Martin's shooter use a racial slur?

By Jamie Gumbrecht, CNN

(CNN) - As outrage over the killing of a Florida teenager continues to spread online, social media and news outlets are debating whether the shooter uttered a racial epithet in one of his 911 calls. And if so, what he might have said.

Zimmerman, whom authorities described as white and family members say is Hispanic, said he shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in self-defense, according to police. Martin, who was black, was walking to his father’s fiancee’s house in Sanford, Florida, after a trip to a convenience store and was not armed.

Many people at CNN have listened repeatedly to the call but have been unable to reach any consensus on what was said. An audio engineer enhanced the sound on the 911 call but said it was difficult to improve the quality or to replicate the background noise. CNN continues to analyze the tape and consult outside experts.

Read the full post on CNN's This Just In blog

soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. arhia small

    america 1st you are so insesitive to the family who is in disbelief about what has happen to their son, cousin, brother and a friend. MY APOLOGIES GOES OUT TO THIS FAMILY, THAT MAN MURDERED TRAYVON HE FOLLOWED HIM AND KILLED HIM BECAUSE HE WAS BLACK AN HE WAS IN A NICER NEIGHBORHOOD, NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH IS TO PROTECT NOT FOLLOW AN KILL A YOUNG MAN WITH A BRIGHT FUTURE HE WAS A BABY AN THAT MAN SHOULD BEIN JAIL BECAUSE HE FOLLOWED HIM LIKE THE VERY OPPISITE OF WHAT THE 911 DISPATCHER SAID THIS WAS UNFAIR BECAUSE HE WAS FELT AS SO HE COULD TAKE THE LAW IN HIS HAND AN THAT WAS NOT THE CASE.

    March 22, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • arhia small

      TO ALL NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH LET THE POLICE DO THERE JOB THATS WHY WE PAY OUR TAX DOLLARS AND IF THE CANT REPORT THEM BUT DO NOT TAKE THE LAW INTO YOUR OWN HANDS M AM JUS SO SORYY THIS HAPPEN

      March 22, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bob

    Really you called him a "prince"...

    March 22, 2012 at 6:03 am | Report abuse |
  3. bob

    Really you called hime a "prince"...

    March 22, 2012 at 6:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. terry clarke

    This is a clear case of murder.This grown coward took the life a young black prince,a juvenile might I add.If that was a grown black man and a white boy he would be on his way to prison,if the police don't shoot him.But as usual,no justice for blacks.Its almost like killing and wrongfully convicting blacks is legal in america.

    March 22, 2012 at 2:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Jorge

      Terry, you're missing the forest for the trees, your race fog is not letting you see the legal issue at hand here, you're not helping at all.

      March 23, 2012 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. AMERICA 1st

    Just as i predicted, cnn is running that kid that got killed story into the ground. Hes dead. Get on with other, more important issues!

    March 21, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jorge

      There IS another, more important issue to this, and it is the appalling, pathetic quality of legislation in this country, and the case in point is this outrageous, stupidly redacted law that potentially allows any sociopathically delusional clod with an antisocial compulsion disorder or any premeditating criminal commit murder with a legal loophole, so no, we can't drop it.

      March 23, 2012 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |