100+ Rally In Pitt County For Justice For Trayvon Martin

By: April Davis/ Lindsey Fry
By: April Davis/ Lindsey Fry

Monday marked the one month anniversary since 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed outside an apartment building in Sanford, Florida. People have rallied around the country calling for shooter George Zimmerman's arrest, and that movement made its way to the steps of the Pitt County Courthouse Monday.

More than a hundred protesters, students, and local leaders rallied together in Pitt County.

Since Trayvon Martin was wearing a gray hoodie when he died, people at the rally showed their support for the teen's family by wearing hoodies and chanted:

"What do we want? Justice!
When do we want it? Now!
What do we want? Justice!
When do we want it? Now!"

With signs in hand, protesters proudly put on their hoodies and filled the stairs and street outside the Pitt County Courthouse. Holding up newspapers , praying, and speaking out on behalf of 17 year old Trayvon Martin.

"It's not always a matter of black and white. It's a matter of right and wrong. This was definitely wrong. It was a hate crime," said Yolanda Brown as she attended the rally Monday.

On February 26th, the teenager was walking to his father's apartment after leaving a convenience store when he was approached by a community watchman, 28 year old George Zimmerman. Zimmerman, who had followed Martin in his car-, described the teen's behavior to police as suspicious and took it upon himself to approach the unarmed teen. Not long after Zimmerman got out of his car gunshots rang out and the 17 year old was dead.

Since Trayvon's death, communities all over the country have rallied to have Zimmerman arrested, and Monday the protest made its way to Pitt County.

"We are here as a form of solidarity and support for the family and to say that we want Mr. Zimmerman, George Zimmerman, arrested," said Pitt County NAACP President Calvin Henderson.

ECU and high school students along with ministers and community leaders attended the rally and say they want to keep this issue alive so justice can be served for the Martin family.

"We're making a statement that we are all connected in this. One child's future is our future," said ECU Student Demonte Alford.

Many people at the Pitt County rally told WITN this has made them worry about their own children, and they said they can only hope that Zimmerman will be tried for the murder of Martin.
Authorities say Zimmerman claims he shot the teen in self defense which is causing controversy in the state of Florida and bringing into question the state's "stand your ground" law which says a person may use deadly force in self-defense when there is reasonable belief there is a threat.

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