Because this trial was carried live on the radio, I ended up hearing long stretches of testimony as I drove, especially over a two-day period when I drove from Illinois to Florida. Ordinarily, I’m not that well-versed on high-profile murder trials, but with this one I feel like I have a decent grasp of what the prosecution and the defense were trying to accomplish…and what the jurors had to work with.
My response to the Zimmerman verdict can be summed up in 2 words: David Guerrero.
Who is David Guerrero?
He was a 17-year-old boy who was gunned down at a bus stop here in Kissimmee, Florida, on June 26th. He was on his way to work, minding his own business. All reports say that he was a great kid.
The shooter was a 15-year-old boy. He was in a car with his friends. They were driving around town shooting a Hi Point .45 caliber carbine rifle at random targets, including David Guerrero, because they “felt like it.” The four hoodlums, none of which are over 20 years of age, are believed to be responsible for ten other shootings in a two-week period, including one committed during a home invasion that took the life of Eric Roopnarine.
It strikes me as tragic that our nation can muster so much outrage over the Martin/Zimmerman incident, but completely ignore the many more heinous crimes that occur around the country every day. Whatever happened between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin is a tragedy, for sure. But it is at least understandable. How do you even begin to understand the drive-by shooting of an innocent fifteen-year-old, or the heartless murder of a man who’s only crime was sitting in his house?
Clearly, there are people involved in the Zimmerman/Martin affair who had agendas. For reasons I don’t have time to get into, they wanted this trial. Many experts say–and it seems apparent after the verdict–that the evidence didn’t warrant the charges that were brought. But people had agendas.
So now the trial which probably never should have happened is over. People on both sides are having their say. Cries of injustice are being heard all over the country. Threats of civil suits are being made. And the media, of course, is conducting its usual dog and pony show.
All while David Guerrero, a true innocent, lies dead in the ground, virtually unnoticed.
Something is terribly wrong here.
At the end of the day, I am thankful for the promise of Job 36:7: “He never takes his eyes off the innocent, but he sets them on thrones with kings and exalts them forever.”