Santorum calls Florida teenager's death 'horrible'

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Posted: Mar 23, 2012 2:09 PM
Santorum calls Florida teenager's death 'horrible'

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says the shooting of an unarmed teenager in an Orlando, Fla., suburb was "horrible" and that the case is, in his words, a "chilling example of the horrible decisions made by people in this process."

Seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin was fatally shot Feb. 26 while walking through a neighborhood in the suburb of Sanford.

The admitted shooter, George Zimmerman, 28, has claimed self-defense and invoked Florida's' "Stand Your Ground" law. The law gives people wide latitude to use deadly force instead of retreating during a fight, and explains why Zimmerman has not been arrested.

Said Santorum: "Stand your ground is not doing what this man did."

But when asked if the Justice Department should investigate, Santorum said that should be left to local and state authorities.