The man in the photo is Jayceon Terrell Taylor. He is a rap singer from
Compton CA who goes by the moniker of "The Game".
Taylor is 15 years older than Martin and after the incident the rap
singer was very
outspoken to the media about how he felt that this was a racial hate
crime. It is possible that someone confused his photo for that of Tayvon Martin.
The photo began circulating on the Internet shortly after the
May 7, 2012 arraignment where the 2nd degree murder charge was
brought up against George Zimmerman. The 17 year old
Martin was shot and killed on the streets of Sanford, Florida by George
Zimmerman, who pleaded not guilty to the charge of second degree murder.
Zimmerman maintains that he shot Martin in an act of self-defense.
Zimmerman remained in custody awaiting trial after his bond was revoked.
The trial ended July 13, 2013 when Zimmerman was found not guilty and
released from custory.
The photo below is from a recent album cover by the
rap artist known as "The Game" showing the same tattoos on face, neck
and right hand that appeared in the forwarded email:
According to an
April 10, 2012 Q&A article in the Atlanta Journal the
"Associated Press has reported that Martin was 6 feet tall and 140
pounds, but the police report listed him as 6-foot, 160 pounds. The
police report stated that Zimmerman is 5-foot-9, but didnít list his
weight. The New York Times reported that witnesses to the fight between
Martin and Zimmerman described Martin as 6-foot-1 and 150 pounds and
Zimmerman as 5-foot-9, 170 pounds."