Support And Derision On Twitter For Woman Who Last Spoke To Trayvon Martin

For the second day in a row, an avalanche of tweets about the polarizing case and a controversial witness who spoke to Martin during the last moments of his life.

1. Rachel Jeantel, the last person to speak to Trayvon Martin, testified for the second day in a row on Thursday.

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In a long, drawn-out time on the witness stand she has repeatedly clashed with defense attorney Don West as he seeks to clarify and poke holes in her testimony that could go a long way toward finding George Zimmerman guilty of murdering Martin.

2. Testimony that has often been raw and devoid of any pretense that Jeantel wanted to be on the witness stand has led many online to criticize her and the prosecution for not preparing her better, while also causing supporters to rush to her defense.


Johnny Ryall

@rerunmighty

Terrible job by the prosecution preparing this witness. #zimmermantrial #TrayvonMartin #RachelJeantel


Mark Wilkinson

@MKW094

So this whole Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman trial is interesting, but the Rachel Jeantel lady is really making herself look bad in court


Sagittarrius_Girl

@JessicaBogan2

Young black Americans please let Rachel Jeantel be a lesson its not cool, funny, or excited to act and sound uneducated #zimmermantrial

5. Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones gave her two cents and caught all kinds of flack for her comment.


Lolo Jones

@lolojones

Rachel Jeantel looked so irritated during the cross-examination that I burned it on DVD and I’m going to sell it as Madea goes to court.

6. Jeantel was questioned concerning the letter she had a friend write to Martin’s mother about what she saw. Asked to read it out loud, she said she couldn’t, because “I don’t read cursive.”

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7. Defenders of Jeantel reminded others that she was testifying because she was the person who spoke to Martin right before he was killed.

Trying to imagine the type of pressure Rachel Jeantel is under. Having to defend your slain friend, on national TV at such a young age.

— Jack,Jac,Jac ya body (@Zenith360)

Jack,Jac,Jac ya body

@Zenith360

Trying to imagine the type of pressure Rachel Jeantel is under. Having to defend your slain friend, on national TV at such a young age.

I feel for the girl testifying in the Trayvon Martin case. I wouldn't be the best witness if I talked to my friend as they were murdered

— Courtney Kuketz (@cjane61786)

Courtney Kuketz

@cjane61786

I feel for the girl testifying in the Trayvon Martin case. I wouldn’t be the best witness if I talked to my friend as they were murdered

How often have you been on the phone with a friend who is being stalked by someone and that stalker kills your friend?#trayvonmartin

— Mimi (@Mimistheone)

Mimi

@Mimistheone

How often have you been on the phone with a friend who is being stalked by someone and that stalker kills your friend?#trayvonmartin

Rachel Jeantel is a brave young lady, real and raw in her testimony. If I were her parents, I'd be so very proud of her. #StandwithRachel

— Shirley Ng (@SFsportschick)

Shirley Ng

@SFsportschick

Rachel Jeantel is a brave young lady, real and raw in her testimony. If I were her parents, I’d be so very proud of her. #StandwithRachel

11. Zimmerman and his attorney did not seem to enjoy the process of asking Jeantel questions.

Pool / Reuters

12. Due to Jeantel’s crucial testimony that she heard Martin yell, “Get off, get off!” before the call cut off, the defense was tough in its cross-examination of her, seeking to discredit her statements. Many were put off by the combative questioning.

Watching this Trayvon Martin trial. This is sickening... He is pounding her with questions this is so sad !!

— Desssssssss (@Desiree_Luster)

Desssssssss

@Desiree_Luster

Watching this Trayvon Martin trial. This is sickening… He is pounding her with questions this is so sad !!

Is Rachel Jeantel on trial -- I'm trying to remember who is actually facing charges here. @thecrisismag

— jelani cobb (@jelani9)

jelani cobb

@jelani9

Is Rachel Jeantel on trial — I’m trying to remember who is actually facing charges here. @thecrisismag

Treating her as a Hostile Witness... Badgering the witness!!!!#trayvonmartin justice will prevail

— Jaylew (@JayDLew78)

Jaylew

@JayDLew78

Treating her as a Hostile Witness… Badgering the witness!!!!#trayvonmartin justice will prevail

15. In two days, Jeantel was on the stand for seven hours and the defense expressed an interest in possibly bringing her back later on in the trial. She was happy to leave Thursday, however.

Jacob Langston/Orlando Sentinel / MCT

16. A widely shared tweet on Thursday was by rapper Ghostface Killah, supporting Jeantel.

Rachel Jeantel hold your head Babygirl... #TrayvonMartin #GFKSupports

— Ghostface Killah (@GhostfaceKillah)

Ghostface Killah

@GhostfaceKillah

Rachel Jeantel hold your head Babygirl… #TrayvonMartin #GFKSupports

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Adrian Carrasquillo is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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