"I am Trayvon Martin" has become the catchphrase for protesters expressing solidarity with the slain Florida teenager and outrage over his killing. Even President Barack Obama declared, "If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon."
But who really was Trayvon Martin? There is plenty of speculation, including some bloggers who point to his recent school suspensions -- including for drug residue in his backpack -- and images of him sporting tattoos and a what appeared to be a gold tooth grill as possible evidence of a troubled teen.
That portrayal is in stark contrast to the accounts from his family, friends, and teachers who described Martin as an average 17-year-old.
"He was a shy kid," said family friend and former football coach Jerome Horton. "He didn't want to be the center of attention; that's just not him.
"He always walked with his hoodie and his headphones," recalled Horton. "If he wasn't on the phone, he was listening to music -- anyone that knows him knows that."
Just like most any other teenager, Martin enjoyed listening to music -- R&B was his favorite -- going to the movies and the roller rink with his friends, friends and family said. When Martin entered high school, his childhood goals of a career on the football field were replaced with his dreams of working with airplanes.
"He just loves getting on planes," said his father Tracy Martin.
With all that being said, "why was Trayvon Martin really killed?
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