President Obama Reacts to George Zimmerman Verdict, Urges Public to "Honor Trayvon Martin"

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The George Zimmerman verdict is in.

And so is a palpable sense around the nation that the man who was found not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin may himself be in trouble.

Numerous reactions over Twitter and other social networks warn Zimmerman to watch his back.

Will someone's idea of vigilante justice lead to another lost life in this case?

Clearly afraid of just such an outcome, President Barack Obama took the unusual step today of an issuing a statement in reaction to the verdict.

"The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy," Obama said. "Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America. I know this case has elicited strong passions."

"And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken."

He continued, addressing citizens around the nation: "I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son."

"And as we do, we should ask ourselves if we're doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities.

"We should ask ourselves if we're doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis."

"We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this. As citizens, that's a job for all of us."

"That's the way to honor Trayvon Martin."

Do you think the jury made the right call in the George Zimmerman verdict?

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