Rally held in Raleigh for slain Florida teen

March 25, 2012 9:00:00 PM PDT
People took to the streets of downtown Raleigh Monday evening demanding justice for 17- year-old Trayvon Martin and his family.

It's been exactly a month since Trayvon was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer in central Florida. Now, the cries for justice are louder than ever.

"I hope what part we're playing here today can contribute and make sure justice is being served," said Michelle McCullough, of Raleigh.

About a thousand people gathered at Raleigh's Pullen Park before the rally got underway.

"It makes me feel happy to know that a lot of people care," said Zakiya Wilcher, of Raleigh.

More than their signs and the age of some of those carrying them, their hoodies and Skittles drove the point home. That was the Florida teen's attire and items in his possession when his killer described him as suspicious.

"It's not right. You cannot just say someone has a hood on and then they're a danger and that's it," said Eileen Tierno, of Raleigh. "I'm scared for my boys."

"If everybody in America reaches together and thinks together and everybody continues to march, then eventually something will be done in the justice system about this young man," said Jeannette Borne, who was a co-organizer of the march.

Borne said it was about raising awareness.

Others are convinced the ballot box will ultimately make the biggest impact to change the law that may protect Trayvon's killer.

"Don't just vote for president. Vote for senate. Vote for congress," said Annika Adetunji, of Raleigh. "That's the only way change is going to happen. Don't just come out here with your hoodies."

Over the weekend, rallies were held in Greensboro, Durham and Charlotte.

North Carolina NAACP president William Barber also spoke Monday at a rally organized by students at the North Carolina Central University law school in Durham to demand justice in the Trayvon Martin case.

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