SANFORD, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – Even as makeshift memorials continue to pop up to honor the life of Trayvon Martin, residents in the neighborhood where the tragedy took place are in the early stages of trying to prevent a permanent memorial from being erected.

A petition is being signed amongst Sanford residents to block a permanent memorial from going up in honor of Martin. WKMG-TV reports that though there isn’t a proposal for a permanent memorial, Orlando Mayor Jeff Triplett did confirm that the discussion of a permanent memorial happened last week with Martin supporters.

“We’ve no problem with memorials. If they want to place one in downtown Sanford, fine. Just don’t put it in front of our place here,” Frank Taaffe, a supporter of George Zimmerman, the man charged with murdering Martin, told WKMG. “I just hope and pray that everyone realizes that a tragedy did happen here and no one’s gloating over this.”

Taaffe, a former resident of the neighborhood, has indicated that he will lead a petition to the local city commission sometime next week, and will hope to collect more signatures during an upcoming homeowner’s association meeting. He told WKMG that he hopes the discussion of such a memorial can wait until after the trial is concluded.

“This was a tragedy to the Martin family, as we understand, but it hasn’t played out yet,” Taaffe told WKMG. “Let’s let this thing play out, because I know who the aggressor was and I know who the victim was.”

Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree murder.


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