Family and friends rally to remember Trayvon Martin
NORTHEAST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Political activists Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton were among more than a hundred activists who attended a remembrance dinner for a South Florida teen shot and killed by a neighborhood watchman.
Jamie Foxx and Cedric the Entertainer also attended the star-studded event at the DoubleTree Airport Hotel Sunday night in honor of Martin, who would have turned 18 that day.
On Saturday, the community joined together for a walk to remember Martin.
Saturday morning was a time for loved ones and supporters to walk for peace. "We just want to let people know," said Sybrina Fulton, "the community, the children, to know that they have a right to walk in peace. They have a right to walk without anybody following them. They have a right to walk without anybody causing any harm to them or killing them."
It has almost been a year since the 17-year-old was shot and killed by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman has claimed it was self-defense. Martin's family called it racial profiling.
Now the Trayvon Martin Foundation also wants to tackle the Stand Your Ground law. "We want to make sure that we keep Stand Your Ground revisions or repeals," said Fulton. "We want to keep that on the forefront so that they know that you can't pursue anyone and then claim you were standing your ground."
Dozens of people walked wearing T-shirts with a picture of Trayvon to celebrate his life and stand up for his cause. "You just can't go around hurting people because of what you see or think of them," said Drucilla Jean-Baptiste. "You have to know the individual for themselves."
Trayvon's father hoped the walk will teach everyone to be more peaceful. "You can resolve conflict without violence. You don't have to resort to violence. You don't have to turn to guns."
George Zimmerman has a Stand Your Ground hearing set for April, and depending on how that goes, there may be a trial scheduled for June.
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