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California Democrats ask for hate crime investigation into Trayvon Martin's death

Twenty-four Democratic members of the California congressional delegation asking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate whether 17-year-old Trayvon Martin's death "was motivated by racial bias and therefore a hate crime."

In their letter, the representatives told Holder that Trayvon's family "deserves to know the truth and the American people expect justice to be served."

Also in the letter: "It is in the best interest of our constituents and the country that you conduct a thorough investigation that also determines whether this was motivated by racial bias and therefore a hate crime…History has shown that investigating these crimes and enforcing our laws against them bring the issue to light and help our society progress."

It was signed by the following representatives: Karen Bass; Xavier Becerra; Judy Chu; Anna G. Eshoo; Sam Farr; Bob Filner; John Garamendi; Janice Hahn; Mike Honda; Barbara Lee; Zoe Lofgren; Doris Matsui; Jerry McNerney; George Miller; Grace Napolitano; Laura Richardson; Lucille Roybal-Allard; Linda Sanchez; Loretta Sanchez; Jackie Speier; Pete Stark; Mike Thompson; Maxine Waters; and Lynn Woolsey.