MIAMI (CBSMiami) — The parents of Trayvon Martin attended a candlelight memorial service Wednesday night commemorating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior who was shot and killed at a Memphis, Tennessee hotel 44 years ago today.

The “Reclaim the Dream” service, which included a unity march, candlelight prayer and gospel concert, was dedicated to Trayvon Martin who was shot and killed by a self-proclaimed neighborhood watch captain in Sanford, Florida who claimed he shot in self-defense when Martin attacked him. No charges have been filed.

Trayvon’s mom says she’s thankful so many are calling for Zimmerman’s arrest.”It’s just an overwhelming feeling. It just makes us feel real special to know that people are supporting Martin Luther King, that’s what this day is for, and Trayvon Martin,” said Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon’s mother. Trayvon’s dad urged everyone to learn from his son’s death.”We’re just hoping the eyes of America and the eyes of the world are opened up to the injustice that is going on in small towns, such as Sanford,” said Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s father.Just as this was underway in Miami, Zimmerman’s father and attorneys were on TV. The father made his first network appearance on Fox News.

“Do you think this has been a rush to judgment by the media?” asked host Sean Hannity.

“It’s absolutely been a rush to judgment,” replied Zimmerman’s father.

Zimmerman’s attorney Craig Sonner told CNN the evidence the public has seen is no good.

“Not a single thing has been brought into the media that would be admissible in court,” said Sonner.

Meantime, state lawmaker Chris Smith, a Fort Lauderdale Democrat, has appointed his own task force to scrutinize Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law in the wake of the shooting death of the unarmed teen.

Gov. Rick Scott announced plans for a state task force but wants to hold off until after an investigation into the Feb 26th shooting.

Sen. Smith doesn’t want to wait. He said Tuesday that action is needed now.

Smith said his panel will include South Florida prosecutors, public defenders and legal scholars, who will consider whether the law should be changed or repealed.

The “Stand Your Ground’ law that was passed in 2005 allows the use of deadly force “to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm” and “to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony.” It eliminated the duty to retreat before using such force as required in a previous self-defense law.

“Florida is in a crisis mode,” Smith said at a news conference. “It’s time for leaders to lead, and it’s time for action.”

Smith’s panel will meet Thursday in Fort Lauderdale, where it will hear comments from judges, a tourism official and members of the public.

The Trayvon Martin case has stirred marches and rallies around the nation, merited comment from President Barack Obama, led to the resignation of the Sanford police chief and brought scrutiny from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Comments (9)
  1. a Black Commentator says:

    Are you kidding me?

    They are associating Trayvon Martin with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?

    I appreciate their saddness and frustration, but that is an insult to the name of Dr. King.

  2. John says:

    I guess when you live off the taxpayer with nothing else to do but wait for you welfare, food stamps, section 8, etc…. you can attend all these waste of time rallies. Does anyone with a job and responsibilities really care about this?

    1. Justin Case says:

      What kind of name is trayvon anyways? I bet he was named by shawanda or laquisha or some other funny name person. Personally I am glad that they have these names so I know which applications and resumes to toss out first.

  3. steve smith says:

    A dope smoking school reject and MLK – sounds about right.

  4. Max Leygrume says:

    As MLK spins in his grave…

    He would be ASHAMED of what has become of his legacy – and what the black community has done with their freedoms since his death.

  5. Mr. blakiswack says:

    The stand your ground law worked in this case. We need more libral gun laws here in Florida and we also need to teach the black community that there are consequences for acting like animals. Now, why are we not testing walefare people for drugs and alcohol use?

  6. Shawanda greybar says:

    You people are a bunch of racists. You owe us because you made my peoples slaves and you is going to pay us. We get your money even if you don’t like it because we got EBT, free electric, free cell phones, free internet and next free cable TV. It ain’t right how none of you want to pay what you owes us but we gonna gets it and there ain’t nothing you can do.

  7. Louis Calabro says:

    The following comments are simply my opinion about the political use of this tragic happening. Please give it some serious attention, Thank you. Louis Calabro ********************************************************************************************************************************************************
    The Trayvon Martin case is just one more example of the African American community creating a distraction from the thousands upon thousands of black on white crimes that are committed each year in America.

    This is a practice that has been going on for the past 50 years—it works so they continue using it–and the liberal and not so intelligent news media go along with it.

    Please look at the Christian Channon and Christopher Newsom trial that will beginning June 6, 2012 in Knoxville, TN.

    Five blacks kidnapped Channon and Newsom. They sodomized Newsom, killed him and then burned his body. They raped, tortured Channon for days and eventually murdered Channon—and poured bleach all over her to destroy their DNA.

    We know, all over America about Trayvon Martin, and maybe we should, but we do not know about Channon and Newsom. Why is that????

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