Trayvon Martin inspires hundreds at Tampa rally

9:05 PM, Mar 24, 2012   |    comments
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TAMPA, Fla. -- "I have nephews and nieces Treyvon's age, and this could happen to them," demonstrator Anthony Holloway said. "Our children are valuable, and we should really look out for one another."

That's what brought signs and hundreds of people to Al Lopez Park on Saturday morning. Even young children seemed eager to take part in a march for Trayvon Martin, the teenager who was shot last month by a self-appointed neighborhood watch captain as he walked through a gated community in Sanford. The man who fired his gun, George Zimmerman, has not been arrested.

"Justice for Trayvon," one 5-year-old boy muttered as he held a handmade sign.

"I'm here to represent myself and let my children know to be aware of what their surroundings are," Siriya Isidore said.

Screams of "No justice, no peace" and "I am Trayvon" echoed as the crowd walked from Al Lopez Park to the intersection of Dale Mabry Blvd. and MLK Blvd. Many of them carried Skittles and iced tea, the items Trayvon Martin was carrying the night he was shot.

As they packed all four corners of the intersection, blaring horns signaled the support of drivers passing by. The crowd hoped their voices would carry and inspire more action.

"We are Trayvon Martin," they shouted.

Another rally is scheduled on Tuesday starting at 6 p.m. at the 34th Street Church of God in Tampa.

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