Gainesville, Florida, police are investigating what they believe may have been a â€œracially motivatedâ€ attack early Tuesday morning stemming from the nationally covered Trayvon Martin case involving the tragic death of an unarmed 17-year-old.
According to local news affiliates, a 27-year-old Gainesville man was walking home from the bars early Tuesday morning when he said he was jumped by five to eight men who yelled â€œTrayvonâ€ before the attack. The call before the attack appears to be in reference to the Sandford case that has rocked national headlines, and led to broader societal discussions on crime and race. News4Jax reports:
"Gainesville investigators told The Gainesville Sun that they believe Tuesday morningâ€™s attack stemmed from the Martin case.
â€œWe do believe that the crime was racially motivated,â€ Gainesville Police Department spokeswoman Cpl. Angelina Valuri said.
Valuri said the victim was white and the attackers were black."