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Trayvon Martin's last phone call: 'I told him to run'

  • NEW: Neighborhood captain told police he yelled for help
  • 'I asked Trayvon to run, he said he was going to walk fast'
  • Police report: George Zimmerman had bleeding nose, head
Trayvon Martin's last phone call: 'I told him to run'

A 16-year-old friend of Trayvon Martin -- the last person to hear from the teenager before he was killed -- is speaking out, according to ABC News.

The teenager, described on "Good Morning America" as Martin's girlfriend, is not being identified by ABC based on instructions from her family. She says that Martin told her he was walking home from the store. ABC obtained call logs from Martin's cell phone.

"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," she said.

The phone dialog reportedly shows a parallel account of the last moments of Martin's life, which have become embroiled in controversy. According to the Martin family's attorney, the cellphone log contradicts George Zimmerman's claim that he acted in self-defense. 

She heard the 17-year-old ask, "What are you following me for?"

Then a man said: "What are you doing around here?"

That man is presumably Zimmerman, who shot Martin on the evening of February 26. Zimmerman was the captain of the neighborhood watch in a gated community in Sanford, Florida.

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"Then somebody pushed Trayvon because the headset just fell," the girl said.

In response to what he said was a suspicious man in the neighborhood, Zimmerman, 28, called police around dusk that evening.

"Something's wrong with him. Yep. He's coming to check me out," Zimmerman told a police dispatcher in a 911 call released Monday. "He's got something in his hands. I don't know what his deal is. Send officers over here."

The teen started to run, according to Zimmerman's account. When he said he was following, the dispatcher told him, "We don't need you to do that."

Moments later, several calls to 911 confirm that neighbors heard screams and cries for help. Martin lay dead from a gunshot wound.

'Zimmerman was also bleeding from his nose and back of his head'

While heated rhetoric online and other venues has influenced characterizations of Martin’s death, a police report obtained by CNN / HLN hints at least of some sort of altercation. “I could observe that (Zimmerman’s) back appeared to be wet and was covered in grass, as if he had been laying on his back on the ground,” the officer wrote.

“Zimmerman was also bleeding from his nose and back of his head,” the report said.

The police report also reveals a reference to a cry for help, a point of contention in the incident.

“While the SFD (Sandford Police Department) was attending to Zimmerman, I overheard him state ‘I was yelling for someone to help me, but no one would help me.’ At no point did I question Zimmerman about the incident that had taken place,” the officer wrote in the report.

The Martin family’s attorney Benjamin Crump disputes any notion of Trayvon being the aggressor. On Twitter Tuesday he said: "The claim that #TrayvonMartin was the aggressor in his death is preposterous! We have the tapes and 3 independent witnesses!"

In response to assertions that the teenager was perhaps impaired due to drugs, Crump said at a Tuesday news conference: Martin was acting like his "regular self" and was not "high." He added, "It's what Zimmerman wants you to believe."

CNN / HLN has made numerous attempts to contact Zimmerman, who is Hispanic, but has been unsuccessful. In a statement to the Orlando Sentinel, his father says that Zimmerman grew up in a multiracial family and has moved out of his home after receiving death threats.


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