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Rick Santorum Calls Trayvon Martin Shooting 'Horrible'

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WEST MONROE, La. -- Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says the shooting of an unarmed teenager in an Orlando, Fla., suburb was "horrible" and that the case is, in his words, a "chilling example of the horrible decisions made by people in this process."

Seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin was fatally shot Feb. 26 while walking through a neighborhood in the suburb of Sanford.

The admitted shooter, George Zimmerman, 28, has claimed self-defense and invoked Florida's' "Stand Your Ground" law. The law gives people wide latitude to use deadly force instead of retreating during a fight, and explains why Zimmerman has not been arrested.

Said Santorum: "Stand your ground is not doing what this man did."

But when asked if the Justice Department should investigate, Santorum said that should be left to local and state authorities.

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