There have been many stories about the 911 tapes of the night of Trayvon Martin’s murder. The accounts from the witnesses peering through their windows and those who heard his cries for “help” are still echoing in our hearts and minds. But, one account, from the Orlando Sentinel, that was not on a 911 tape was that of a black teenager who was shaken by the night he saw Trayvon’s body laying on the ground in front of him.
Austin, 13, was out walking his dog the night of Martin’s tragic end. He thought deeply about the night’s incident in his account, saying:
“What if I would’ve went over there if the person still would’ve got shot…Sometimes people get stereotyped and I fit into this stereotype of the person who got shot.”
Austin’s account is disturbing because we feel his pain as he speaks about the incident in a quiet monotone voice that bears the tone of the burden he feels. He not only sees himself laying on that same ground, but his feeling that he may have been able to prevent this tragedy is heart wrenching.
Our hearts go out to him for what he experienced and what continues to rattle him. There’s no way he should feel in any way accountable for the events of that night. God bless you, Austin! Check out his video below.
(retraction: in the first story written, we referred to the young man in the video as Joshua Cruey, who is the videographer not the young witness, Austin. His name has been changed in the story to correct our mistake.)