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Pensacola unites for Trayvon Martin peace walk
PENSACOLA -- Hundreds of thousands of people mobilized around the country today in a national call for justice... A week after George Zimmerman was found not guilty. Here at home hundreds converged downtown for an I am Trayvon Peace Walk. Hundreds of people in Pensacola were determined to let their voices be heard, as they marched towards Martin Luther King Plaza seeking justice for Trayvon Martin.
Roger bender said, "Lord, we're walking for justice today lord, (amen) No justice no peace, we're walking for it.”
Traffic on Palafox came to a grinding halt, and drivers couldn't help but notice the entourage of protestors. They came from many different walks of life. Young and old, democrat and republican, and of all races.
Tryon Moorer said, "Zimmerman, he should be in jail for what he did, he shot him, he killed him, and the charges should not have been dropped."
But what brought these people together was a universal call for justice, following George Zimmerman’s 'not guilty' verdict, after he killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Michael Travis said, “We can't stop here, we can't let everything we've been fighting for stop here.”
Some had signs...
Linda McCreary said, “Our children that are coming up ahead of us, our grandchildren, all these children, we're marching for them.”
Some had skittles and tea...
"It's not right for someone to get killed for just walking down the street with some Arizona and some skittles,” said Lawrence Robinson.
The protestors wanted to send a message...
"That could've been any of us, that could have been you, going to get some skittles , a hotdog, anything, I’m mad about it," Tammy McReynolds said.
And thanks to Nina Robinson, 14, who organized the peace walk...they did.
"I think it brings people together," said Elenor Johnson.
"I think it's about time for our community to step up and step out.”
Many people here today tell me they hope today's rally is the first step to bridging the gap between the different communities in the area.