Lufkin man's 'I am Trayvon Martin' photo goes viral

Published: Jul. 23, 2013 at 7:44 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 23, 2013 at 7:59 PM CDT
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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin man's photo which he posted on Facebook which shows him from four years ago and now has gone viral.

Corey Shy, 21, posted the photo to show how four years ago, he could have been labeled as a thug, like Trayvon Martin may have been portrayed when he was killed. However, Shy explains that he is now on his way to Texas A&M's Health Science College of Medicine to become a doctor.

Shy explains on his Facebook post, which as of Tuesday afternoon had netted more than 71,000 shares, that at age 17 he did not appear to have a promising future. But two months later, he began college at Prairie View A&M and began to study harder and eventually graduated Magna Cum Laude.

"The reason I am sharing this with you is because I COULD HAVE BEEN TRAYVON MARTIN!!! The defense team could have gone onto the Internet and found pictures of me that were similar to Trayvon's pictures and characterized me as a thug," Shy wrote on his Facebook post. "I could have been portrayed an aggressor and it may have lead to my death. If that would have happened, then I would not have had the opportunity to reach my true calling, which is to become a medical doctor."

Shy explains that Martin could have gone on to the a doctor, lawyer or engineer and that he wants people to be more conscious of their racial profiling.

"Everyone has the potential, as long as they are alive, to achieve greatness and make a positive impact on this world," Shy wrote.

Shy has lived in Lufkin for six years and is a 2009 graduate of Lufkin High School.

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