A man who was beaten in Gainesville, Florida claims that the gang that beat him shouted “Trayvon” as they attacked him. The victim, who is white, said that a gang of five to eight black men beat him for five minutes. He suffered injuries to the left eye, abrasions to his palms and a cut on his right kneecap.
The police believe the victim; Gainesville Police Department spokeswoman Cpl. Angelina Valuri said, “We do believe that the crime was racially motivated.” She noted that the victim’s injuries were consistent with an attack by a group of people.
The victim said a car approached him as he was walking at 2:45 a.m. and the black men inside told him he was walking too slowly. They got out and attacked him, yelling Martin’s name.
Since the Trayvon Martin incident, there have been cries for revenge, most notably from members of the New Black Panther party, who placed a bounty on capturing George Zimmerman, the man who shot Martin. The Martin case has even motivated UN Human Rights chief Navi Pillay to called for an “immediate investigation” into the death of Trayvon Martin.