"Thank you Lord! Prayer Prayer Prayer!" Serita Michelle posted on HLNtv.com once news of George Zimmerman’s arrest had been announced by a senior law enforcement analyst Wednesday afternoon. Her praised was echoed by people across social media.
GlobalGrind.com co-president Michael Skolnik simply tweeted, "#HoodiesUp #Tears."
On February 26, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain. Since the release of the 911 calls, cries for coverage of the death of the unarmed teen were posted over and over on social media. Now those cries for coverage have mostly been turned to relief.
"Finally! Anyone that heard that 911 call could hear that boy crying out for help. I can't get it out of my head. That Zimmerman stalked that boy, attacked him, then shot him. End of story!!!I Pray for the family's peace!" Teresa Byrd posted on HLN’s Facebook page.
Beyond cries for justice, people were also hungry for the facts. Now that the case is going to trial, many of the previously-concealed documents will be released.
"Let the courts decide. This isn't a popularity contest. Obviously Trayvon did something that made police hold off on arresting Zimmerman. Zimmerman should be arrested to determine the truth because he fired a weapon and killed someone when he wasn't in his own home," Brandon S Otis posted on HLN’s Facebook page.
For now, Zimmerman will have to face the law and a jury of his peers. Click here to read more about what’s next for him.
This might feel like validation for Trayvon Martin supporters, but it’s just the beginning. As @drjackijones tweeted to @HLNtv, "This is only the beginning, of what will be a hard uphill battle, but at least we made it this far...#Justice4Trayvon."
What do you think of the charges against George Zimmerman? Did the special prosecutor make the right decision?