Those who blame Mr. Martin for being killed are a symptom of the problem. Mr. Zimmerman was a neighbor watch person. His ‘job’ in that position was to observe and report.I heard the 911 tape where the operator asked -“Are you following him?”Mr. Zimmerman said -“Yes”The operator said, “Ok, we don’t need you to do that.”Mr. Zimmerman disregarded that comment.Then, when Mr. Martin was almost home, Mr. Zimmerman GOT OUT OF HIS CAR.Had he simply observed and reported – the shooting would not have occurred. Had he obeyed the implied instruction to not follow Mr. Martin – the shooting would not have happened.Had he STAYED IN HIS CAR – the shooting would not have occurred.On a night when it had been raining, a young man with a hoodie was confronted by a man with a gun. The younger person did not have the wisdom or presence of mind to call 911, or return to the store, or to run into his father’s house. He just knew he was being followed and apparently did not want this stalker to know where he was going. I can’t blame him for not wanting to lead a suspicious person to his father’s home.Why did Mr. Martin attack Mr. Zimmerman? Because he was afraid, and young, and didn’t think. Did he see the gun and decide to attack rather than get shot in the back? He’s not around to ask. I assure you though -When he left to buy a drink and some candy, he did not leave with the plan to have a fight or look for trouble. Mr. Zimmerman however, WAS looking for trouble, and it was Mr. Zimmerman who was the catalyst for this tragedy. I agree with the juror who said that if Mr. Martin had been white or latino the outcome would have been the same had they acted as Mr. Martin did.That said – Mr. Zimmerman and another man worked together to rescue a family of four from an overturned SUV yesterday. He’s not an evil man, and I believe if he could do this all over again, he would do it differently. Those of you blaming Mr. Martin are simply wrong, and reading some of the harsher comments written, I am sad to say, racist. Sadly,C.