Martin supporters 'blackout' profile pictures

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  • Social media users call for 'blackout' in support of Trayvon Martin
  • Users are replacing their profile photos with a black image
Martin supporters 'blackout' profile pictures

Watch Nancy Grace live from Sanford, Florida, tonight at 8 p.m. as she sums up the day’s events in the Zimmerman trial. HLN & HLNtv.com will cover the Zimmerman verdict live.

It was only a short time ago that George Zimmerman’s attorney began his opening statement to the court with a knock-knock joke. But things quickly became more serious after friends and family testified about the killing of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.  

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for fatally shooting Martin on Feb. 26, 2012. A jury must now decide his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt or find him not guilty. Zimmerman could also be found guilty of a lesser charge, manslaughter. 

Friday, the day the jury got the case, Martin supporters leaned on their friends to show solidarity with Martin and his family on social media. 

A stream of photos on Instagram with the hashtag #blackout shows images of Martin in his hoodie alongside calls for others to black out their profile pictures. Hashtags like #JusticeForTrayvon trended on Twitter alongside #blackout. Facebook users are also changing their profile pictures and using the hashtag to share images of Martin Luther King Jr. wearing a hoodie or their own analysis of what the blackout means to them. The same is true for people on the blogging site Tumblr

While support for Zimmerman is not being portrayed on social media in the same way, it has been shown through financial donations to his website, the GZ Defense Fund. This week alone, the site has raised almost $80,000. 

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