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Funeral director: No injuries on Trayvon’s hands

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  • Funeral director says he saw no injuries on slain teen Trayvon Martin's hands and knuckles
  • Gunshot wound appeared to be in upper chest area
  • Funeral director calls police investigation 'most unprofessional' he has ever seen

Trayvon Martin funeral director speaks out

Trayvon Martin funeral director speaks out

The funeral director who prepared Trayvon Martin’s body for burial told HLN’s Nancy Grace Wednesday that he did not see any cuts or bruises on the teen’s hands that would have been indicative of a struggle with George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed the Florida teen.

Richard Kurtz of Roy Mizell and Kurtz Funeral Home in Fort Lauderdale said there appeared to be a gunshot wound in Martin’s upper chest area, but he received the body after the autopsy was completed so it was difficult to tell whether he had other injuries. He also could not determine the bullet’s entry or exit point.

“As for his hands and knuckles, I didn’t see any evidence he had been fighting anybody,” Kurtz said.

Citing police sources, the Orlando Sentinel reported that Zimmerman told investigators Martin punched him and slammed his head into the ground repeatedly before he fired the shot that killed the unarmed 17-year-old. He claimed he shot Martin in self-defense, and he has not been charged in the case at this point.

While Kurtz is not a forensics expert, the funeral director said he has handled the bodies of many homicide victims in his career. This case in particular affected him as he learned more about what happened to Martin and how the case was handled.

“I think the police investigation was the most unprofessional one I've ever seen in my lifetime,” Kurtz said.

For the latest on the Trayvon Martin case, watch "Nancy Grace" Wednesday at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET on HLN.

 

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