Last week marked the second anniversary of the death of Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman on Feb 26, 2012.
The shooting death of 17-year-old Martin in Florida sparked a nationwide debate about race and Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground laws. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer at the time, who appeared to have racially profiled Martin, claimed he shot the teen to protect himself. Zimmerman was acquitted of fatally shooting the unarmed teenager.
On Wednesday, a day of outrage and remembrance was held around the country for Martin and 17-year-old Jordan Davis, who was shot and killed by Michael Dunn on Nov. 23, 2012 after Davis confronted the unarmed teenager in a parking lot over loud music. Dunn was found guilty of second degree murder but a Florida jury deadlocked over whether to convict Dunn of first degree murder.
Many of the participants in the rally wore a hoodie similar to the one Martin wore when he was fatally shot by Zimmerman. Many rally participants held up signs saying “No More.” Demonstrators said the aim of the event is to refuse acceptance of African-American and Hispanic youth as targets of violence in America.