According to CNN, on Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 24) the United State Department of Justice decided not to bring civil rights charges against George Zimmerman in the 2012 shooting death of a then 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, citing insufficient evidence.

In a statement released to the news, Attorney General Eric Holder stated:

"Though a comprehensive investigation found that the high standard for a federal hate crime prosecution cannot be met under the circumstances here, this young man's premature death necessitates that we continue the dialogue and be unafraid of confronting the issues and tensions his passing brought to the surface,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a news release. "We, as a nation, must take concrete steps to ensure that such incidents do not occur in the future.”

News of the decision was delivered to the family of Trayvon Martin by FBI officials on Tuesday.  The family was thankful of the Justice Departments effort into investigating the death of Martin as well as support they’ve received from around the world. The family also released a statement:

"Although we are disappointed in these findings, it has steeled our resolve to continue traveling the country with the message of the Trayvon Martin Foundation, which is dedicated to protecting our youth and empowering those who demand justice and peace," the statement said.

"We remain poised to do everything in our power to help eradicate senseless violence in our communities, because we don't want any other parent to experience the unexplainable loss we have endured. We will never, ever forget what happened to our son, Trayvon, and will honor his memory by working tirelessly to make the world a better place."

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