Except he wasn't following the kid for dubious reasons, there had been a large number of break-ins in that complex by blacks.
Zimmerman didn't know what color he was. In any event, the reasons were obviously dubious, because Trayvon was living there and had not broken into anything.
Zimmerman didn't get lost, he doubled back trying to find him and couldn't. Martin laid in ambush for him, instead of continuing the 700ft to his fathers place.
Zimmerman claims to have gotten lost, and committed a pretty serious crime (lying to police, obstructing a murder investigation) if you think he didn't. I mean, everyone KNOWS he was following Trayvon, but that's not what he claims. So he either lied to police or he's absolutely incompetent. We're basically forced to accept that he's incompetent.
True, then again Martin could have kept walking, or called the police himself. Instead he took matters into his own hands and paid for it with is life. Zimmerman on the otherhand, did what any reasonable person would have done if they were looking out for suspicious behavior, and a person fit the profile of those who had already committed criminal actions in the area.
of course he could have, as I said in my post. But you go off the rails right after that -- no reasonable person would allow a person they are suspicious of to introduce their presence and approach close enough to try to grab the reasonable person's loaded weapon.
Zimmerman is either incompetent or a liar, did a bunch of stupid things, ended up shooting someone, and was put on trial for it. Martin was a 17 year old who did a stupid thing and was shot and killed for it.
Neither of their actions excuse the others.