O'Connor writes open letter for slain US student
Sinead O'Connor is calling on her fellow Irish citizens to join her in demanding the arrest of the man who gunned down American teen Trayvon Martin.
The Nothing Compares 2 U hitmaker was devastated to learn about the African-American student who was shot dead in Florida by a neighbourhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, in February.
Zimmerman has not been arrested - his lawyer claims the 28 year old was acting in self-defence when he shot unarmed Martin.
O'Connor is one of a slew of stars outraged by the racially-charged incident, and she wants her countrymen to put pressure on the American Embassy in Ireland until Zimmerman is made to face charges.
In an open letter posted on her website, she writes, "I would like to extend my very deepest sympathies to the family and other loved ones of murdered teenager Treyvon (sic) Martin. I am very sad today (and am certain the whole of Ireland is) to learn of poor Treyvon's terrifying ordeal and horrified by the fact his known and named and admitted killer has not been arrested, despite the crime having taken place a month ago. This is a disgrace to the entire human race...
"All Americans should deplore this crime. As should all people of all nations. And deplore the fact this man has not been arrested. All Irish people should do the same. And I ask that we here in Ireland should express through our American embassy that we would like to see this man arrested this very minute. Because racism is not acceptable. Nor is vigilantism. And this was very clearly in no way at all a case of self-defense (sic)."
Director Spike Lee, comedian Will Ferrell, singer Cher and rapper Sean 'Diddy' Combs are among the famous faces who are backing US President Barack Obama's call for a full investigation into Martin's murder.
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