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Zimmerman not guilty: Verdict sparks social media avalanche

July 13, 2013|By Devin Kelly and Robert Faturechi
  • George Zimmerman is congratulated by his defense team after being found not guilty, on the 25th day of Zimmerman's trial at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center, in Sanford, Fla. on Saturday.
George Zimmerman is congratulated by his defense team after being found… (Joe Burbank / Orlando Sentinel )

As expected, social media erupted Saturday night when George Zimmerman was found not guilty on Saturday of all charges in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. 

The reactions that poured in from around the country ranged from agreement with the verdict to outrage. A number of Twitter users also expressed sympathy for Martin's family. 

The entire trial was widely discussed and tracked on social media. Thousands tweeted and posted on Facebook with hashtags such as #Zimmerman and #StandWithTrayvon.

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Commentary and speculation swirled in the days leading up to the verdict. In a symbolic move, Martin's supporters blacked out Twitter and Facebook profile photos and circulated the #Blackout4Trayvon hashtag. 

"We are blacking out our profile photos in a showing of love, unification and solidarity in support of Trayvon Benjamin Martin and have been joined in this effort by his family and their attorneys here on Facebook," according to a statement post on the "Justice for Trayvon Martin" Facebook page

Here's a sampling of the tweets that poured in immediately after the verdict. Twitter users who thought the verdict was the right call were quick to say so. 

Others expressed dismay with the American justice system.  Some ire was directed specifically at Florida. 

— Gigi LaRue (@larue_gigi) July 14, 2013

A number of Twitter users were expressing sympathy for Martin's family.  Celebrities also weighed in on the verdict.  Martin’s brother, Jahvaris Fulton, tweeted his disappointment with his verdict. Martin’s father, Tracy Martin, also tweeted after the verdict, expressing disappointment as well as gratitude. Jahvaris Fulton @jahvaris_martin Et tu, America? Tracy Martin ‏@BTraymartin948m Even though I am broken hearted my faith is unshattered I WILL ALWAYS LOVE MY BABY TRAY Tracy Martin @BTraymartin9 Thanks to everyone who are with us and who will be with us si we together can make sure that this doesn't happen again


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