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In the final moments of his life, Trayvon Martin was being hounded by a strange man on a cellphone who ran after him, cornered him and confronted him, according to the teenage girl whose call logs show she was on the phone with the 17-year-old boy in the moments before neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman shot him dead.

Martin's death Feb. 26 has stirred national outrage and protests, partly prompting the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Division and the FBI to open an investigation into the case.

ABC News was there exclusively as the 16-year-old girl told Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump about the last moments of the teenager's life.

"He said this man was watching him, so he put his hoodie on. He said he lost the man," Martin's friend said. "I asked Trayvon to run, and he said he was going to walk fast. I told him to run but he said he was not going to run."

Eventually he would run, said the girl, thinking that he'd managed to escape. But suddenly the strange man was back, cornering Martin.

"Trayvon said, 'What, are you following me for,' and the man said, 'What are you doing here.' Next thing I hear is somebody pushing, and somebody pushed Trayvon because the head set just fell. I called him again and he didn't answer the phone."

"Trayvon said, 'What, are you following me for,' and the man said, 'What are you doing here.' Next thing I hear is somebody pushing, and somebody pushed Trayvon because the head set just fell. I called him again and he didn't answer the phone."

The line went dead. Besides screams heard on 911 calls that night as Martin and Zimmerman scuffled, those were the last words he said.

Trayvon's phone logs, also obtained exclusively by ABC News, show the conversation occurred five minutes before police first arrived on scene. The young woman's parents asked that her name not be used, and that only an attorney could ask her questions.

Martin's father, Tracey Martin, and mother, Sybrina Fulton, listened to the call along with ABC News, ashen-faced.

"He knew he was being followed and tried to get away from the guy, and the guy still caught up with him," Tracey Martin said. "And that's the most disturbing part. He thought he had got away from the guy and the guy back-tracked for him."

The teen was killed by Zimmerman while walking back to his father's fiancés home after stepping out to buy Skittles and some iced tea during the NBA All-Star Game. After weeks of relentless pressure, the Sanford Police have decided to release emergency and non-emergency calls placed during the incident.

"These a**holes always get away," Zimmerman says in a call to a non-emergency number.

Dispatcher: "Are you following him?"

Zimmerman: "Yeah."

Dispatcher: "We don't need you to do that."

An altercation soon ensued. A few moments later a torrent of 911 calls flooded in and Martin was killed by a single bullet. Zimmerman claimed self-defense and has yet to be arrested, stoking outrage and claims of prejudice against the police department.

"When George Zimmerman is arrested, tried and convicted I will get a little rest," Tracey Martin said.

According to a statement by the Justice Department, "The department will conduct a thorough and independent review of all of the evidence and take appropriate action and the conclusion of the investigation. … The government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a person acted intentionally and with the specific intent to do something which the law forbids. Negligence, recklessness, mistakes and accidents are not prosecutable under the federal criminal civil rights laws."

Nearly half a million people have signed an online petition on change.org urging law enforcement officials to step in and arrest Zimmerman. Protests have played out in the Florida town all week with a large gathering expected Thursday.

Zimmerman violated major principles of the Neighborhood Watch manual, ABC News has learned. The manual from the Neighborhood Watch program states: "It should be emphasized to members that they do not possess police powers. And they shall not carry weapons or pursue vehicles."

According to Chris Tutko, the director of the National Neighborhood Watch program, there are about 22,000 registered watch groups nationwide, and Zimmerman was not part of a registered group, which police were not aware of at the time of the incident.

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Just reading about this. It does sound bad, but I hate when protests "demand a person be arrested". If it is determined that he broke the law (right now it appears so) the he should be, if it is determined he did as he claims acted in self defense , then he should not be. Period.

Outside pressure, PC politics, public outrage, etc. should not enter into the decision, but it almost always does. No question the guy violated Neighborhood Watch rules, and was not a registered member to boot. I have no idea if that makes him guilty of murder as a result of failing to meet that criteria. I hope this is adjudicated fairly what ever way it goes, but Zimmerman is probably pretty much screwed.......may be a good thing at that, we'll just have to see if the details of the altercation are in line with guilt rather than as in the Justice Department's statement

"The government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a person acted intentionally and with the specific intent to do something which the law forbids. Negligence, recklessness, mistakes and accidents are not prosecutable under the federal criminal civil rights laws."

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Just reading about this. It does sound bad, but I hate when protests "demand a person be arrested". If it is determined that he broke the law (right now it appears so) the he should be, if it is determined he did as he claims acted in self defense , then he should not be. Period.

Outside pressure, PC politics, public outrage, etc. should not enter into the decision, but it almost always does. No question the guy violated Neighborhood Watch rules, and was not a registered member to boot. I have no idea if that makes him guilty of murder as a result of failing to meet that criteria. I hope this is adjudicated fairly what ever way it goes, but Zimmerman is probably pretty much screwed.......may be a good thing at that, we'll just have to see if the details of the altercation are in line with guilt rather than as in the Justice Department's statement

"The government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a person acted intentionally and with the specific intent to do something which the law forbids. Negligence, recklessness, mistakes and accidents are not prosecutable under the federal criminal civil rights laws."

If you listen to the 911 tapes, it is obvious this guy is a flat liar. The guy should have been arrested already.

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So here is the thing. In Florida, it's totally cool to shoot somebody dead if you want to because of thier "Stand Your Ground" law.

All you have to do is start a fight with somebody, then when they slug you, pull out your gun and shoot them dead and tell the police you were afraid for your life.

You don't even have to worry about winning a trial, because apparently they can't even arrest you.

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The reason for the outrage is that witnesses and the 911 calls all contradict the story he told police and he haven't as yet spent one day behind bars. At the very least they should have held in on the gun charge and even a suspected DUI gets you a night in jail.

F that. That dude is guilty of murder. Period.

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The reason for the outrage is that witnesses and the 911 calls all contradict the story he told police and he haven't as yet spent one day behind bars. At the very least they should have held in on the gun charge and even a suspected DUI gets you a night in jail.

Did he not have a permit to carry a firearm? I may have just missed that, but I'm assuming he did or else you are right. Violating a Neighborhood Watch firearm mandate would not (at least I would not think) amount to an actual gun charge. It would more depend on if he was permitted to carry a firearm, again if I just missed where it said he was not, then we are in agreement, if not then I'm not certain why he should have (at least thus far) spent a day in jail. Self Defense is a very real justification......if it applies here then he should walk, if he is full of s**t about what happened then he should not. Nothing wrong with investigating the incident to bring some clarity to the situation.

My main point was this "outrage" and inevitable protests should have no bearing whatsoever on the conclusion of that investigation.

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Just reading about this. It does sound bad, but I hate when protests "demand a person be arrested". If it is determined that he broke the law (right now it appears so) the he should be, if it is determined he did as he claims acted in self defense , then he should not be. Period. Outside pressure, PC politics, public outrage, etc. should not enter into the decision, but it almost always does. No question the guy violated Neighborhood Watch rules, and was not a registered member to boot. I have no idea if that makes him guilty of murder as a result of failing to meet that criteria. I hope this is adjudicated fairly what ever way it goes, but Zimmerman is probably pretty much screwed.......may be a good thing at that, we'll just have to see if the details of the altercation are in line with guilt rather than as in the Justice Department's statement "The government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a person acted intentionally and with the specific intent to do something which the law forbids. Negligence, recklessness, mistakes and accidents are not prosecutable under the federal criminal civil rights laws."

Let's ask Trayvon Martin his side of the story.

The major problem here is the police have handled this so wrong! That is the reason for the public outrage. When Authorities don't do what is asked of them AT THE MINIMUM, people look for other aspects of the gov't to do their job! Not because of outrage but because it is the right thing to do. Witnesses were giving statements and the police "corrected" them. Since when do we start correcting witness statements. Police told the boy's father that Zimmerman was a good guy and a clean record, which is clearly a lie! Does that make it ok? Trayvon Martin was a good kid with a clean record. Why does one get a break over the other.

This is murder, clear and simple! The Police dropped the ball, period!

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regardless of race, if the guy is guilty, it will come out and he will be arrested. The outrage should be whenever this kind of incedence occurs. The media now only comments and push's when its a white on black crime that can be construed as such.

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If you listen to the 911 tapes, it is obvious this guy is a flat liar. The guy should have been arrested already.

I have not heard the tapes, so I'll take your word for it. I'm really not arguing for the guy, as I said it sounds bad simply based on the facts reported, forget the protests and demands and let the the investigators do their jobs. If their conclusions make no sense (based on facts, not emotion), then protest.

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Did he not have a permit to carry a firearm? I may have just missed that, but I'm assuming he did or else you are right. Violating a Neighborhood Watch firearm mandate would not (at least I would not think) amount to an actual gun charge. It would more depend on if he was permitted to carry a firearm, again if I just missed where it said he was not, then we are in agreement, if not then I'm not certain why he should have (at least thus far) spent a day in jail. Self Defense is a very real justification......if it applies here then he should walk, if he is full of s**t about what happened then he should not. Nothing wrong with investigating the incident to bring some clarity to the situation.

My main point was this "outrage" and inevitable protests should have no bearing whatsoever on the conclusion of that investigation.

The outrage is needed because there is plenty of evidence and the police are just throwing thier hands up.

On the 911 call you can hear the kid clear as day..; Help.!!!......Help!!!!........Help!!!!!.........Help!!!!!.........POP POP POP.........silence.

They need to get that guy in jail.

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Let's ask Trayvon Martin his side of the story.

The major problem here is the police have handled this so wrong! That is the reason for the public outrage. When Authorities don't do what is asked of them AT THE MINIMUM, people look for other aspects of the gov't to do their job! Not because of outrage but because it is the right thing to do. Witnesses were giving statements and the police "corrected" them. Since when do we start correcting witness statements. Police told the boy's father that Zimmerman was a good guy and a clean record, which is clearly a lie! Does that make it ok? Trayvon Martin was a good kid with a clean record. Why does one get a break over the other.

This is murder, clear and simple! The Police dropped the ball, period!

You may well be right. I have no idea based on the one article I've read about the whole incident, and really no one outside of Zimmerman really does at this point, which is why there is no loss in letting the authorities investigate before crying foul.

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I have not heard the tapes, so I'll take your word for it. I'm really not arguing for the guy, as I said it sounds bad simply based on the facts reported, forget the protests and demands and let the the investigators do their jobs. If their conclusions make no sense (based on facts, not emotion), then protest.

The problem is the police have already come out and said "We don't have the evidence to arrest the guy" when everybody else sees the evidence and it is obvious what happened.

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The outrage is needed because there is plenty of evidence and the police are just throwing thier hands up.

On the 911 call you can hear the kid clear as day..; Help.!!!......Help!!!!........Help!!!!!.........Help!!!!!.........POP POP POP.........silence.

They need to get that guy in jail.

That sounds pretty damning to say the least, no argument about it.

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The police knew he followed the guy despite being told by authorities not to which means he had at least some measure of responsibility for the situation occurring.

Should have been arrested and even if you want to give them a pass at the time of the incident God knows there has been enough to come out since to arrest him.

I hate to say it, but had this been a black person who shot a white person I think he would already be in jail

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Here's THE call that pretty much tells the story. You can hear Martin screaming Help! Help! Help! and then you hear a gunshot. I've never heard of anyone who is making someone fear for their life by screaming "Help!" Nope, Zimmerman let his racist emotions overtake his brain and no jury in the world would buy self-defense after hearing this call...

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Here is all I need to know to arrest George Zimmerman, and none of this is in dispute whatsoever.

Trayvon Martin was trying to get away from George Zimmerman.

George Zimmerman was chasing Trayvon Martin.

George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin.

In my world, you don't get to chase somebody down and then shoot the person and claim self defense...against an unarmed 140 pound kid. I mean......that is just absurd.

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Here's THE call that pretty much tells the story. You can hear Martin screaming Help! Help! Help! and then you hear a gunshot. I've never heard of anyone who is making someone fear for their life by screaming "Help!" Nope, Zimmerman let his racist emotions overtake his brain and no jury in the world would buy self-defense after hearing this call...

Actually, I have to take back much of what I've argued. Its not self defense when you chase someone down, then shoot them. Horrible thing.

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And Zimmerman told police that it was HIM screaming help, when all the witnesses say otherwise! That is why I speak of police "correcting" witnesses.

As far as an investigation, the cops supposedly did an investigation and found it justified. Did they not have the 911 tapes, the witness accounts? Why is it that we all can listen to the same thing and be blown away at the fact that this guy was running renegade around this neighborhood.

I have made it known on this board that both my dad and brother are cops and I tend to lean more with cops than most people do, but there are CLEARLY some issues within this case. The Police chief didn't expect the outrage and now he looks like a tool if he goes back and reopens this investigation.

And as far as the Stand Your Ground law, I fail to see how Zimmerman can even evoke that when the 911 tapes reveal that he is the aggressor!

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