MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida road will be named after Trayvon Martin, a teenager who lost his life after being shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer in 2012.
CBS4 news partner, the Miami Herald reports Martin’s name will be added to section of an avenue that leads to a high school he attended in Miami.READ MORE: Leftover From Hurricane Dorian, 58 Strays From The Bahamas Make Their Way To South Florida
Members of the Miami-Dade County Commission approved the motion unanimously this week. Commissioner Barbara Jordan, who sponsored the resolution, said the teen had mechanical skills, knowing how to build and fix dirt bikes and wanted to go to college.READ MORE: Fatal Tamarac Shooting Under Investigation
The portion of the county-owned road will be called “Trayvon Martin Avenue.” Officials say the new signs should be ready within a few weeks.
Martin was shot dead in Sanford, at 17 while on a visit with his father. The teen was unarmed and walking back from a convenience store with candy when he was confronted and shot once by George Zimmerman.MORE NEWS: Government Officials, Veterans Mark Bay Of Pigs 60th Anniversary In South Florida
Zimmerman was acquitted under Florida’s controversial self-defense law. The Black Lives Matter movement emerged after a Florida jury decided to clear Zimmerman in the shooting death in July 2013.