Not guilty. That's the verdict jurors reached this weekend in the trial of George Zimmerman, the Florida man who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
The decision might have capped the criminal case, but for Zimmerman and others, it also marked new chapters in their lives.
Protests erupted in a number of U.S. cities, and reactions to the verdict poured in from all sides Sunday, including from the nation's highest office.
The response was outsized because the case has come to represent something greater than the sum of its parts.
It's become a forum for debate about gun laws and race in America.
"The whole world was looking at this case for a reason. ... We'd be intellectually dishonest if we didn't acknowledge the racial undertones," said Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump.
"So we have to have very responsible conversations about how we get better as a country, and move forward from this tragedy, and learn from it."
Here's a look at how the case got started, the trial and what could happen next:
How did we get here?
On the night of February 26, 2012, Martin was walking back to the house of his father's fiancee after going to a Sanford, Florida, convenience store.
Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, spotted the teenager and called police.
A 911 dispatcher told Zimmerman that officers were on the way and not to follow Martin. Zimmerman got out of his car, later telling police he'd wanted to get a definitive address to relay to authorities.
Sometime after that, Zimmerman and Martin got into a physical altercation.
Attorneys aired competing theories during the trial about that fight.
Who was the aggressor? Did Martin see or reach for Zimmerman's gun? The exact sequence of events was not clear.
Initially, no charged were pursued against Zimmerman, who identifies as Hispanic. Martin was African-American.
Demonstrators demanding Zimmerman's arrest rallied around the country.
Even President Barack Obama weighed in on the controversy, saying about a month after Martin was killed that the incident required national "soul-searching."
Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder on April 11, 2012.
His case was decided by a six-person, all-female jury.
Five of the women were white; one was a minority. They deliberated for 16 1/2 hours before delivering their decision late Saturday night.
The jury had three choices: to find Zimmerman guilty of second-degree murder; to find him guilty of a lesser charge of manslaughter; or to find him not guilty.
They opted for the latter.
None of the jurors wanted to talk to the media, and they have indicated they won't speak in the future.