Call for justice in Durham following Zimmerman verdict

July 16, 2013 8:14:33 PM PDT
Hundreds marched from the Durham County Courthouse to North Carolina Central University Tuesday evening to show their support of Trayvon Martin.

Organizers got the word out about the event on Facebook, and fliers on car windshields. There wasn't a lot of notice, but a good size crowd showed up, which is evidence that there is still plenty of people who want to do something to show their outrage.

Participants marched down Dillard Street chanting Trayvon Martin's name. They called it a rally for justice for Martin.

Laverne Lucier said she's still shaken by George Zimmerman's acquittal. She brought along her 11-year-old son to the protest.

"I always tell my sons every day you know that could've been you," said Lucier. "So always watch how you walk around in the streets before you become suspect."

Some of the protestors wore hoodies outside the courthouse, and others carried signs. It was a peaceful march with about 200 protestors.

There have been pockets of violence at some of the rallies around the country since the verdict came down. Like the looting, and flag burning in California. That was far from the tone in Durham.

"We want peace. We don't want to tear up our community. Tear up the place we pay taxes," said protester Lamont Lilly. "I mean we're peaceful folk, but also we need to begin to raise our voices."

Many here are not just angry about the Martin case, but fed up with the gun violence here at home.

It's been a bloody summer in Durham.

"Find something else to do besides just shooting and killing each other," said protester Miriam Liles. "That's not what we were created for. We were created to come together like this to have a voice."

This was the second Trayvon Martin rally since the verdict came down, and organizers are pledging to keep it up.

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