MIAMI (CBSMiami) – His death saddened a nation and sparked a wide ranging conversation about race relations in the U.S.
Tuesday marked the one year anniversary of the shooting death of 17-year old Trayvon Martin by Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman.
His parents led a so-called “Million Hoodie March” in memory of their son Tuesday night in New York City’s Union Square.
“Thank you for your support tonight. We wear our hoodies in remembrance of Trayvon Martin,” Trayvon’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, said.
Fulton and Trayvon’s father, Tracy Martin, were among hundreds gathered clad in hoodies for the event.
A similar vigil, on a smaller scale, was held in Sanford, the city where Trayvon died.
Martin was shot and killed when he and Zimmerman got into a scuffle at a Sanford townhouse complex. Zimmerman claims he acted in self-defense and has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder.
Civil rights leaders said that if Martin had been white, Zimmerman would have been arrested the night of the shooting.