Okay, I get that. Of course every kid would know the short cut to the Jiffy Mart. I can see how it could have started out as one big-assed misunderstanding. Maybe on everyone's part==GZ and Trayvon. The one thing I don't get is how Trayvon wound up on top beating the crap outta George. If he wasn't doing that, he's wouldn't have been shot.<quoted text>It was the short cut, the entire complex is not walled, there's an area on the Northwest portion of the community that is open and is used mostly by kids to avoid going through the front gate. Trayvon must have known about it by way of Chad and Trayvon even told Jeantel that he was taking the shortcut. One can actually see a path is the grass between two buildings there on google earth.
Having lived in the community for three years and knowing Frank T who lived right there George certainly knew about the shortcut.
George's statements were contradictory, first he said between the buildings looking in windows but there are no windows on the ends of the buildings although there is a ground floor window in the front. In the reenactment George pointed to an area in front of the home very near the sidewalk.
If Trayvon hadn't taken the short cut he may not have drawn George's suspicions.
I think maybe he overreacted and started the fight, either as an ambush or as a reaction to George actually confronting him about why he was there. Neither is a good reason to start a fight...and it escalated to one person fearing for his life. I don't think Trayvon was ever in fear for his life, I think George was.