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The murder of Marley Lion, also from 2012, is drawing comparisons to the Trayvon Martin case and putting the spotlight on police action and media attention.

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Lion was killed in Charleston, S.C., on June 16, 2012.

Police found him lying on the ground outside his Nissan Pathfinder, bleeding to death. Before dying he told police that two African-American males approached him.

One of them, Lion said, shot him several times.

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Jay-Z and Beyonce are the latest celebrities to make their feelings on Trayvon Martin and the George Zimmerman verdict well known.

The famous couple attended a rally on the slain teenage's behalf Saturday in New York, standing alongside Al Sharpton when he referred to them as "two of the baddest artists of all time."

Jay-Z and Beyonce for Trayvon

"Jay-Z and Beyoncé said they didn't want to speak and they didn't come for a photo op," Shartpn told the very larhe crowd. "Jay-Z told me, 'I'm a father. Beyoncé is a mother.' We all feel the pain and apprehension - the laws must protect everybody, or it doesn't protect anybody. We do not come from hate, we come from love of children."

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President Barack Obama has again waded into the controversy that is the death of Trayvon Martin and the subsequent George Zimmerman verdict.

Last weekend, he urged the public to honor the deceased, while respecting the verdict. Today's remarks were more impromptu and less detached.

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Speaking at the White House about the Martin-Zimmerman case, Obama reacted both personally and as a member of the African-American community.

"When Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said that this could have been my son," he said.

"Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago."

"When you think about why, in the African-American community at least, there's a lot of pain around what happened here."

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Trayvon Martin's parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, spoke out this morning for the first time about last weekend's George Zimmerman verdict.

Tracy Martin told Today's Matt Lauer:

"We felt in our hearts that we were going to get a conviction. We thought that the killer of our unarmed child was going to be convicted of the crime that he committed."

Added Fulton, "I think (the legal system) failed Trayvon to a certain degree. I think we let the process take its course. We didn't get the verdict that we were looking for."

"Our focus has continued to change. First it was for the arrest, then it was for a conviction. So now we've moved on to a different focus, but yes, I think we were disappointed."

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Bruce Springsteen performed a concert in Ireland yesterday, but the singer's thoughts were clearly on a major story taking place in America:

The George Zimmerman verdict that acquitted this Florida resident in the wake of his shooting of Trayvon Martin.

Springsteen performed “American Skin (41 Shots),” telling the crowd before doing so: "I want to send this out as a letter back home, for justice for Trayvon Martin."

The track was penned in 1999 after New York City police officers shot and killed an unarmed man named Amadou Diallo.

Earlier this week, Kim Kardashian Tweeted her thoughts on Martin, but got in a lot of trouble for doing so. We doubt The Boss will face the same backlash.

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David Simon, one of the most respected writers on television, has made his feelings clear regarding last Saturday's George Zimmerman verdict:

He's disgusted by it.

The man behind HBO's The Wire and Treme said on his blog that he's "ashamed to call himself an American" after a jury found Zimmerman not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin.

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"You can stand your ground if you're white, and you can use a gun to do it," Simon wrote. "But if you stand your ground with your fists and you're black, you're dead."

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Rachel Jeantel, whose testimony was likely the most talked about part of the George Zimmerman trial, gave an interview Monday with Piers Morgan.

In the lengthy sitdown, Trayvon Martin's friend reiterated that Zimmerman, who she says Martin called a “creepy ass cracker,” was pursuing Trayvon.

Not only that, she and he both worried he was a rapist.

Rachel Jeantel's uncomfortable testimony added to the racial dimension of the Zimmerman trial, and last night, she made more headlines in that regard.

Namely by saying “nigga” isn’t a racist term.

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It was inevitable: Ted Nugent is sounding off on the George Zimmerman verdict and what he feels is the real lesson in the death of Trayvon Martin:

Teach your children not to attack people!

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Nugent, the legendary rock star and equally well-known gun rights activist, ripped the state of Florida for even bringing charges against Zimmerman.

He even went a step further and lambasted President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder for using the case to promote a “racist agenda.”

“It was a clear-cut case of self-defense," Nugent said. "I’m very relieved and hopeful that there is justice in America the ‘not guilty’ verdict came in."

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Kim Kardashian has still not been seen since she gave birth to North West a month ago.

But the reality star was definitely heard on Twitter this week, to the chagrin of many critics.

After the George Zimmerman verdict - in which the Florida resident was found NOT GUILTY of murdering Trayvon Martin - Kim was one of many celebs who expressed outrage over the social network.

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“My heart goes out to Trayvon Martin’s family & loved ones. Thought & prayers being sent their way. #nojustice," Kardashian wrote.

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Less than 48 hours after the controversial George Zimmerman verdict, the N.Y. Daily News ran a powerful front page about the victim, Trayvon Martin.

Zimmerman was found not guilty on Saturday in the killing of Martin, a decision by a Florida jury that set off a wave of protests around the country.

The Daily News explicitly linked Martin, the slain teen, to martyrs of the civil rights movement (Emmett Till), and black victims of hate crimes (James Byrd, Jr.):

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For the last 17 months, the case has been a lightning rod for gun debates, legal disputes, and perhaps most notably, racial tension across the U.S.

Clearly, the Daily News is prepared to stoke those flames.

The newspaper's cover plays on Martin's hoodie, which became a symbol of his (alleged) racial profiling in the aftermath of his February 2012 slaying.

Zimmerman claimed, conversely, that he did not profile Martin - his brother Robert Zimmerman Jr. said race was not a factor in the case - that night.

Instead, he cited media bias against the accused, who claimed self-defense, and urged that people respect the jury's verdict before rushing to judgment.

What do you think: Did the jury get it right?

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