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Trayvon Martin Will Receive Posthumous Degree in Florida

 / Updated  / Source: Associated Press
People along with New York City Council members attend a press conference to call for justice in the killing of rayvon Martin, on the steps of City Hall March 28, 2012 in New York City. Martin was killed by George Michael Zimmerman while on neighborhood watch patrol in the gated community of The Retreat at Twin Lakes.Allison Joyce / Getty Images

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — A university will award Trayvon Martin a posthumous Bachelor of Science Degree in aviation five years after the black teenager was fatally shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer in a central Florida neighborhood.

An announcement on Florida Memorial University's official Facebook page says Martin's parents, Sabrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, will accept the degree during a May 13 commencement ceremony. Fulton graduated from the Miami Gardens university and, along with Tracy Martin, co-founded the Trayvon Martin Foundation.

Related: Analysis: Trayvon Martin’s Death Still Fuels a Movement Five Years Later

The university's statement says it will honor the steps Martin, who was 17 when he died in 2012, took toward becoming a pilot.

George Zimmerman said he shot Martin in self-defense as the teen returned to his father's home after a trip to a convenience store. A jury acquitted Zimmerman of second-degree murder in 2013.

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