In Fort Lauderdale, the funeral home operator who worked on Trayvon Martin's body following his death called the teen's body -- minus the gunshot wound to the chest -- "pristine", and said he did not find evidence of any particularly serious altercation.
"If he had been in a struggle, we should have seen signs of that," said Richard Burke, the funeral home operator. "We look for things on the body that we need to cover up and make sure is not viewable for the public. If there were cuts and bruises, we would have covered it up."
This revelation contradicts the account by Zimmerman's father to an Orlando Fox affiliate in which he said his son was fighting for his life that night.
"Trayvon Martin said something to the effect of, you're going to die now or you're going to die tonight, " said the elder Zimmerman.
The shooting death and the investigation continues to put a strain on Sanford, particularly in the middle-class Retreat at Twin Lakes subdivision where the shooting occurred. After a bombardment of media attention as reporters scoured the subdivision's streets, there is now added security aimed at throwing any and every trespasser out.
"Some days I just look out of my blinds and look down at what happened and it's like I can't even accept it," said resident Cheryl Brown. "I almost would feel better if it were an issue of this was a crime-ridden area, and the solution would be to just move away. But it's not that at all. It's life."
Brown's 13-year-old son was one of the final people to see Martin alive. He watched the initial exchange between Martin and Zimmerman and ran inside his house, telling his sister to call 9-1-1 before hearing a gunshot go off.
"We can't even move away from this," said Brown. "Anywhere in America it could possible happen…that is the scariest part."