Officials Vote For Florida Roadway To Be Renamed In Honor Of Trayvon Martin

Commissioners in a Florida county are looking to honor Trayvon Martin by renaming a street after the late teen, the Miami New Times reported on Tuesday (October).

A memo from a few Miami-Dade County commissioners said Martin's "future dreams and goals were extinguished before he had a chance to achieve them." It was from commissioners Barbara Jordan, Daniella Levine Cava, and Jean Monestime.

The board approved a resolution Tuesday to rename a section of Northeast 16th Avenue to Trayvon Martin Avenue. The street is between Ives Dairy Road and Northeast 209th Street, NBC Miami reported.

"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 in a resolution suggesting the name change. "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."

On the night of February 26, 2012, neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman, 28, pursued the 17-year-old Martin under suspicion. A confrontation occurred, and Zimmerman fatally shot the teen. The 28-year-old was charged with second-degree murder in Martin's death on April 11, 2012, but was acquitted for self-defense.

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