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Trayvon Martin Supporters Rally in Charlottesville

Posted: Updated: 7/14/2013 11:14:55 PM
Protesters chanted and asked drivers to honk in support of Martin. Protesters chanted and asked drivers to honk in support of Martin.

A crowd rallied in front of the federal court in Charlottesville to show support for the family of Trayvon Martin after a Florida jury acquits the man accused of murdering the teen.

A Charlottesville teen organized Sunday night's protest - less than 24 hours after a Sanford, Florida jury found George Zimmerman not guilty of all charges in the death of 17-year-old Martin.

The protest in Charlottesville remained peaceful but the message could not have been clearer.

The people are frustrated with the verdict and say they won't forget Martin.

Dressed in hoodies and carrying signs and Skittles, a crowd stood together in protest of Zimmerman's acquittal for the killing of Martin.

Zyahna Bryant - a rising seventh grader who wants to be an attorney - organized the demonstration in less than a day through text messages and social media.

"Just because the jury said he's not guilty that doesn't mean he's not guilty, so I think that people should voice their opinions and I think that Trayvon was absolutely innocent," she said.

They chanted and asked drivers to honk in support of Martin.

"I hope down the road things will change but I am just worried about kids wearing hoodies, you know if he was gunned down for wearing a hoodie and his pants sagging what does that show our kids someone can come after them and shoot them and get away with it?" said Vizena Howard, protest organizer.

Protester Tracy Saxon says the social problems that emerged as part of the Zimmerman trial are everywhere.

"We have the same problems here in Charlottesville with racial profiling," he said.  

Saxon believes he was once almost the victim of a racially-motivated crime in Charlottesville.

"This happens everywhere they're labeling us black males and females like we are all criminals I've never committed a crime anywhere," he said.

Some people came out to protest because they didn't feel right staying home in silence. Others say they showed up to inspire change.

"I am hoping that somehow we can talk about this I want everyone to go to their city council or whatever their government is and I want you to be active and change these things," Saxon said.

Some of the people at Sunday night's protest plan to post their signs on their front lawns around the city in memory of Martin.

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