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Tuesday
Mar202012

Friend Recounts Final Call With Trayvon Martin Before His Death

S. Meltzer/PhotoLink/Thinkstock(SANFORD, Fla.) -- In the last moments of his life, Trayvon Martin was being hounded by a strange man on a cellphone who ran after him, cornered him and confronted him, according to the teenage girl whose call logs show she was on the phone with the 17-year-old Florida high school student in the moments before neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman shot him dead.

Martin's death on Feb. 26 has stirred national outrage and protests, partly prompting the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division and the FBI to open an investigation into the case.

ABC News was there exclusively as the 16-year-old girl told Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump about the last terrifying moments of the teenager's life.

"He said this man was watching him, so he put his hoodie on.  He said he lost the man," Martin's friend said.  "I asked Trayvon to run, and he said he was going to walk fast.  I told him to run but he said he was not going to run."

Eventually he would run, said the girl, thinking that he'd managed to escape.  But suddenly the strange man was back, cornering Martin.

"Trayvon said, 'What are you following me for?' and the man said, 'What are you doing here?'  Next thing I hear is somebody pushing, and somebody pushed Trayvon because the head set just fell.  I called him again and he didn't answer the phone," she said.

Besides screams heard on 911 calls that night as Martin and Zimmerman scuffled, those were the last words Martin said.

Martin's phone logs, also obtained exclusively by ABC News, show the conversation occurred five minutes before police first arrived on scene.  The young woman's parents asked that her name not be used, and that only an attorney could ask her questions.

Martin's father Tracey Martin and mother Sybrina Fulton listened to the call along with ABC News.

"He knew he was being followed and tried to get away from the guy, and the guy still caught up with him," Tracey Martin said.  "And that's the most disturbing part.  He thought he had got away from the guy and the guy back-tracked for him."

The teen was killed by Zimmerman while walking back to his father's fiancé's home after stepping out to buy Skittles and some iced tea during the NBA All-Star Game.

After weeks of relentless pressure, the Sanford, Fla., Police Department decided to release emergency and non-emergency calls placed during the incident.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Dec292011

Police Release Audio of 911 Call in Christmas Day Massacre

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(GRAPEVINE, Texas) -- Police released audio Wednesday evening from a 911 call they believe was placed by the gunman who allegedly killed seven people, including himself, in Grapevine, Texas, when he entered a house dressed as Santa Claus Christmas morning.

Authorities believe Aziz Yazdanpanah, 56, made the call from his estranged wife's apartment after killing her and two of his children, along with three other relatives.  He later took his own life.

In the recording, the caller can be heard whispering to the 911 operator "Help. Help," and later saying "I'm shooting people."

Police said special equipment had to be used to decipher what the caller was saying.

"The newly discovered audio was not heard on the original audio software over many playbacks, and was not heard/understood by the dispatcher who took the call on Sunday," Grapevine police spokesman Lt. Todd Dearing said in a statement.

Meanwhile, a candlelight vigil was held in Grapevine Wednesday night to remember the victims of the shooting.

Listen to the 911 call below, posted by ABC News affiliate WFAA-TV:

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Thursday
Sep222011

Michigan Car Bombing Dad to 911: 'My Car Blew Up With Two Kids'

Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(MONROE, Mich.) -- Through excruciating pain, Erik Chappell called 911 and told the dispatcher: "My car blew up with two kids."

Chappell and his sons, 11 and 13, were the victims of a car bombing on Tuesday.  Chappell's Volvo exploded as he drove the boys to football practice in Monroe, Mich.

"I've got two significant leg injuries...they're chewed up pretty good," he told the 911 dispatcher.  "Deep tissue wounds.  They are bleeding.  I need someone here now."

Chappell and his sons are expected to survive the attack.  Authorities believe the bombing was a criminal attack and not terrorism.  Police say whoever planted the bomb placed it in such a way that it would inflict as much damage as possible.

"They were very, very blessed not to have been killed.  They're seriously injured, but they're still alive and that means everything," said Donald Dawkins, spokesman for Michigan's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Chappell, 42, is a lawyer who primarily handles business litigation in Ohio and Michigan.  He also practices family law and is known to handle messy divorce cases.

Somehow he was able to pull his boys out of the car.

Police are still searching for who is responsible for planting the car bomb.  The ATF is offering a $10,000 reward for information that could lead to the suspect's capture.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Sep212011

911 Tapes Released in Deadly Grizzly Attack at Yellowstone

Tom Brakefield/Thinkstock(YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo.) -- A man calling 911 from Yellowstone National Park can be heard telling rangers that he believes a grizzly bear is attacking a hiker and he can hear the man screaming for help.

Authorities released the 911 calls Tuesday from the grizzly attack that left a man dead in July.

The calls show a concerned hiker from a party of six that can hear the frantic screams of a man and a woman near Wapiti Lake.  The attack eventually claimed the life of 57-year-old Brian Matayoshi, who was hiking with his wife Marilyn.

The first call that came in to 911 dispatchers wasn’t sure what happened.

“A couple may have possibly been attacked by bears,” the caller says.  “Should we try to go in and get the person out?”

He tells the 911 operator that his party had just seen a mother bear and baby cubs go by, and then heard a man and a woman yelling from farther up the trail.

“It sounded like they were trying to scare the bear.  I hear a man’s voice making loud animal noises, trying to scare it,” the caller said.  “I heard a woman, it sounded like she was scared.”

The operator tells the man that rangers will look into it, but a short time later, the same hiker calls back.

“We can hear someone calling for help,” he said.  “All I can hear is a lady’s voice.  There was a man as well.  We’re worried that the man may be injured.”

The caller then identifies himself as a trauma surgeon and offers to go into the trail toward the yelling if the operator and rangers think it is a safe move.  They advise him not to go.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene, while the woman suffered only minor injuries.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Saturday
May212011

Pope Benedict Makes Historic Call to Astronauts

Franco Origlia/Getty Images(CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.) -- The crew onboard the International Space Station received a special call on Saturday morning, a call from Pope Benedict XVI.

In the first ever call by a pope to astronauts orbiting in space, Pope Benedict heaped praises on the Endeavour crew and expressed his admiration for their work.

“This conversation gives me the chance to express my own admiration and appreciation to you and to all those who collaborate in making a mission possible and my heartfelt encouragement to bring it to a safe and successful conclusion,” the pope said.

Pope Benedict called the space station around 7:11 a.m. EST and during his conversation he also made special mention of Commander Mark Kelly’s wife Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who is still recovering after being shot in the head during a shooting rampage in Tucson in January.

“I know that Mark Kelly's wife was a victim of a serious attack and I hope her health continues to improve,” Pope Benedict said.

Kelly then expressed his gratitude to the Roman Catholic leader saying, “Thank you for the kinds words your holiness and thank you for mentioning my wife Gabby.”

Endeavour’s journey to space marks the second-to-last flight for NASA's space shuttle program. The shuttle's crew are on a 16-day mission, where they will install a $2 billion alpha magnetic spectrometer on the ISS, that could prove or disprove the Big Bang Theory of how the universe was formed.

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