NEW YORK (CBSMiami/AP) — The parents of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was shot to death by a neighborhood watch captain in Sanford, Florida, attended a march in his memory Wednesday night in New York City.

Both parents were part of hundreds of demonstrators who hit the New York City Streets Wednesday evening.

Demonstrators chanted “We Want Arrests” during the march in Manhattan’s Union Square.

Their son Trayvon was shot to death last month while returning to a gated community in Sanford after buying candy at a convenience store.

The teenager was unarmed and wearing a hoodie at the time. He was in Sanford visiting his father.

The shooter, George Zimmerman, has not been charged in the Feb. 26 shooting. He has said he shot Martin in self-defense after Martin attacked him.

Zimmerman is white; his family says he’s Hispanic.

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 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.”

Earlier in the week, the federal agency opened a civil rights probe into the shooting, and in Florida, Seminole County State Attorney Norm Wolfinger said a grand jury will meet April 10 to consider evidence in the case.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is also involved in the state case.

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Comments (3)
  1. Ni says:

    blacks kill blacks daily in S. Florida but they keep quiet cause no one is a “snitch” and yet they want justice now since they can play the race card.

  2. BigDog says:

    “Zimmerman is white; his family says he’s Hispanic”

    Agenda driven piece, right there. He ISN’T white. His own damn family says he isn’t white. You can look at his picture and tell… HE’S NOT WHITE.

    But, we’ve got to make this a racial issues, don’t we? Why don’t you also comment on the details of the 911 call, released by the police to the media, that actually backs up Zimmeran’s version? How about revealing the fact, that Martin’s own father said, its NOT his son, screaming for help on the audio of the 911 call.

    Something fishy is going on in Florida and this author is part of it.

  3. yabetcha says:

    Like President Obama, Zimmerman is 1/2 white and 1/2 another race. Obama is called ‘black’ which ignores his white ancestry through his mother and the grandparents who raised him. Zimmer even appears Hispanic but the violence-hungry media wishes to call him ‘white’ because his Hispanic mother is married to a ‘white’ father. The media sicken me when they PLAY THE RACE CARD…because another neighborhood watch volunteer said there had been 8 breakins there, mostly black teens. So those criminal teens and their white or Hispanic or Asian counterparts, their irresponsible parents, & George Zimmerman ALL played into the scenario that caused innocent & unarmed Trayvon Martin’s killing. ALL should be arrested.