Miami’s Peace March For Trayvon Held

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Family, friends and classmates of Trayvon Martin took part in a ‘peace march’ in Liberty City on Wednesday to demand that his killer be brought to justice.

The group of roughly 100 people gathered at 5 p.m. at Sherdavia Jenkins Peace Park, at the corner of NW 62nd Street and NW 12th Avenue.

The Miami Gardens teen was shot and killed on February 26th while walking from a store in Sanford where he had just purchased a bag of Skittles and an iced tea for his younger brother. According to Sanford police, self-appointed neighborhood watch captain 28-year old George Zimmerman called 911 to report a suspicious person after he saw Martin walking back from the store.

Despite the emergency operator telling him not to confront Martin, Zimmerman allegedly approached the teenager. Witnesses said they two struggled and at one point Zimmerman pulled out a gun and shot Martin in the chest.

No charges were filed against Zimmerman who admitted to shooting the teen, but said he fired in self-defense.

Parents brought their children to the protest in Liberty City Wednesday hoping they would learn a big lesson.

“Something like this has happened and it’s affected everyone,” said one parent. “I could barely sleep last night. What’s going on? What’s happened?”

Former Miami Commissioner Richard Dunn was part of the crowd and wore a hoodie in support of Martin.

“Well, I wanted to show the sadness, the sickness, the insanity the fact that an African-American male cannot wear a hooddie,” Dunn said. “It’s never been a crime to wear a hoodie and be black. But I guess in Sanford, Florida it is.”

Martin’s close friends and former classmates at Michael Krop Senior High were stunned when they heard what had happened.

“That was one of my best friends, somebody I talked to every day, he was very nice. It was shocking,” said Ashley Burch. “You lose people but you wouldn’t think you would lose somebody that close.”

Burch said she talked with Martin on the phone the morning of his death. Another friend, Aiyanna Fleming said she and Martin were supposed to go ice skating on March 3rd.

“We ended up burying our friend instead of seeing him at the skating rink,” said Fleming.

On Thursday there will be two more rallies in Sanford. The New Black Panther Party plans to hold a rally in front of the Sanford Police Department at 1 p.m. The Rev. Al Sharpton will lead another rally at the First Shiloh Baptist Church in Sanford at 7 p.m.

A University of Miami student is organizing a bus trip to Sanford to take part in a rally on Monday, March 26th. The bus holds 55 passengers. Seats are $25 each. Deposits can be made via Pay Pal, no later than March 23rd. The bus will depart on Monday, March 26th at 8AM. For more info contact or

The Sanford Police Department has come under fire for a number of possible missteps in their investigation into the shooting. In addition to withholding a number of 911 calls, including one where Zimmerman may have made a racist remark, the department is also faulted for sending a narcotics detective to the scene the night of the shooting instead of a homicide detective, for failing to get in touch with Martin’s girlfriend who he was talking to on the phone when he was confronted by Zimmerman and for failing to administer a drug and alcohol test to Zimmerman, according to ABC News.

The department has stood by their investigation.

A central Florida grand jury is set to convene April 10th to investigate the shooting which is now the focus of a federal probe.

Seminole County State Attorney Norm Wolfinger urged the public to be patient as the grand jury investigation begins.

  • John

    Let’s see how many get robbed, mugged or hit by a stray in this peaceful Liberty city

  • Chad

    LOL, the contact for this “Peace March” is Jonatha Carr, the chick who just went crazy in class and threatened to kill “All you white mutha@#$%&^s!”. Nice example. Check out the video on You Tube.

    • vernon

      i understand; you’er a zimmerman supporter

      • Chad

        LOL, you wish Vernon! If it could only be that simple. It’s ironic that a Peace March representative is screaming that she is going to kill random people, including her professor, in class. The point is that she really doesn’t help the cause.

      • Dana

        Your use of correct spelling and punctuation is a testament to you education level.

      • Chad

        The point is that she should remove herself from the cause; after she makes her apology.

  • Sieandme

    I’m curious. Is this the must recent photo of Trayvon Martin. Sure looks young to be 17

  • David

    Vernon is obviously well educated. See how he pulls the race card as soon as someone makes a legitimate point about a sponsor for the event of topic?

  • Kasnar

    What made this young man suspicious to this Zimmerman? Was it WWB? — (walking while black). Since when is walking in a public street suspicious behavior? While everyone was asking why this Zimmerman was not arrested, we’ve been advised Zimmerman claimed self-defense which is protected by the “Stand Your Ground” law in Florida. So while we’re all clamoring for Zimmerman’s arrest, what’s to stop him from hopping on a flight and leaving town?
    This story has echoes — though different results – of the shooting of Luis Alberto Gonzalez who initially claimed two young black men robbed him in Hialeah this past January when in actuality he attempted to run them over because he was “prejudiced towards black people since the 80s”. Had one of the young men not been armed, you have to wonder if they would be here to tell their side of the story.
    this latest tragedy brings to the fore this “Stand Your Ground” law in Florida. In light of how this law can be abused, the thought comes to mind that we all now need to be strapped when in public just to even the odds. Welcome to the Wild Wild West.!!

  • Jon

    I think it’s a disgrace that they are not doing anything towards Zimmerman I feel bad for the family of the young man that was killed. But something is bothering me would this be going on if Zimmerman was black? I had my house broken into by two black boys with hoodies?

  • poorwhiteboy

    Grab the skittles for bait we be going huntin

  • John Casor

    I wonder when we will see a current photo of this thug? 6’3″ of thuggery getting kicked out of school for assaults, no wonder he bit a bullet, and I am quite happy about it, Now, if only the rest of those fake ass seclective outraged so called citizens would shut up and crawl back to the ghetto where they can get back to robbing, looting and raping their white victims.

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