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    For the first time since that fateful night on February 26, the father of a neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed an unarmed teenager sat down for a television interview.
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The family of a teenager who was shot to death by a neighborhood watchman in Sanford want answers as to why the man who pulled the trigger hasn't been charged.

Trayvon Martin, 17, came up from Miami last month to visit his father. Around 7:00 p.m. on Sunday Feb. 26, Sanford Police say as he was walking back to his step mother's townhome at the Twin Lakes community in Sanford and ran into Neighborhood Watch Representative George Zimmerman.  Authorities say Zimmerman called police to report Martin as a suspicious person. Zimmerman apparently followed the teenager and the two got to a fight.

Police say Zimmerman ended up shooting Martin. Zimmerman surrendered himself to police right away. They questioned him, but released him soon thereafter. Police say the incident is still under investigation.

"My son left Sanford, Florida in a body bag George Zimmerman went home to sleep in his own bed. Its senseless and the police in Sanford Florida isn't giving any answers," said Trayvon's father Tracy Martin.

The family and their attorney, Ben Crump, spoke to the media on Thursday. "We are hear to demand that the state attorney charge this home owner's sssociation loose cannon with murder," said Crump.

The Martin family believes they could find answers by listening to 911 calls placed by witnesses.  "We all deserve answers. The police department simply has to release those 911 tapes so we won't have to speculate further."

After Sanford Police denied the family's request to hand over 911 tapes by 5 p.m. Thursday, Crump said he would file a public information lawsuit first thing on Friday.

"Those 911 calls and non-emergency call Mr. Zimmerman made are part of our active investigation," said Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee.

Trayvon's family tells FOX that Martin had walked to the store around 6:30 p.m. and never made it home. Records show that, at 7:17 p.m., Zimmerman called the non-emergency police line with concern.

"He (Zimmerman) just considered him (Martin Trayvon) to be suspicious in that neighborhood," said Chief Lee.

Lee said the directions given to Zimmerman were clear. "Dispatch told him to wait until we got there."

He says investigators are still trying to clarify what happened next. "In one of the 911 calls, there is evidence you can hear in the background of a struggle and a gunshot," said Chief Lee.

Records show that when police arrived at 7:30 p.m., Trayvon Martin was dead. Police say Zimmerman is claiming he acted in self-defense.

We knocked on several doors trying to find Zimmerman, but had not luck. Thursday night, Chief Lee told FOX 35 they have two more witnesses to interview before they wrap up their investigation.

"Understand we're doing everything we can to make sure this investigation is complete and thorough and fair," said Chief Lee.

He says they hope to have their case wrapped up and ready to present to the State Attorney's office by early next week.

Martin died just two weeks shy of his 17th birthday. 

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