Million Hoodie March for Trayvon
By Deepti Hajela March 21, 2012 11:52PM
Trayvon Martin's parent's Tracy Martin, left, and Sybrina Fulton, right, take part in the Million Hoodie March in Union Square Wednesday, March 21, 2012 in New York. The march was in memory of Trayvon Martin, a black teenager shot to death by a Hispanic neighborhood watch captain in Florida. The teenager was unarmed and was wearing a hoodie. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Updated: April 23, 2012 11:49AM
NEW YORK — The parents of a black teenager shot to death by a Hispanic neighborhood watch captain in Florida marched in his memory on Wednesday with hundreds of other people demanding arrests in the case.
“We’re not going to stop until we get justice,” said the teenager’s father, Tracy Martin, after thanking the crowd. “My son did not deserve to die.”
Martin’s son, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, was killed Feb. 26, in Sanford, Fla. He was returning to a gated community in the city after buying candy at a convenience store. He was unarmed and was wearing a hooded sweat shirt, called a hoodie.
The neighborhood watch captain, George Zimmerman, has not been charged in the shooting. Zimmerman has said the teen attacked him and he shot him in self-defense.
On Wednesday night, demonstrators chanted “we want arrests” during the Million Hoodie March in Manhattan’s Union Square.
The teen’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, told the crowd: “My heart is in pain, but to see the support of all of you really makes a difference.”
The demonstrators responded: “God bless you!”
The case has ignited a furor against the police department of the Orlando suburb of 53,500 people, prompting rallies and a protest in Gov. Rick Scott’s office on Tuesday. The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division said it is sending its community relations service this week to Sanford to “address tension in the community.” AP