Trayvon Martin Shooting Anniversary Prompts Protests

Teens speak out against the Stand Your Ground law

By on February 27th, 2013 13:55 GMT

A "Million Hoodie Candlelight Vigil” was held yesterday, on February 26, to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida.

Martin was shot one year ago on his way home, after buying Skittles and ice tea from a local store. At 6 PM, parents, friends and supporters of the family wore hoodies, protesting the death of the slain teen.

Parents have asked everyone present at the celebration held in New York to join them "for a moment of silence in honor of Trayvon Martin and all victims of senseless gun violence," ABC News has described.

Neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman allegedly shot the teen in self-defense. While Martin was wearing a hoodie at the time and was perceived as a threat by Zimmerman, he was not armed.

The gunman called 911 alerting police of the teenager's suspicious behavior, a call relayed by NBC News, as we previously reported.

He is suing the network for doctoring the tape to make him appear racist, as he has responded to the dispatcher's question about the suspect being African-American. His attorney has also released an updated photo of the 17-year-old teenager, seldom portrayed in the press as a child.

Zimmerman's trial for second-degree murder is set to start in June. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges, being denied a delay in court proceedings on financial grounds.

WTXL reports that the Florida State University and Florida A&M University chapters of Dream Defenders in Florida has held protests against the Stand Your Ground law.

The law used by Zimmerman's defense team to justify his actions allows harming and even shooting someone on grounds of them appearing threatening.

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