No Rallies, NYC Candlelight Vigil, Set One Year After Martin Killing in FL


Today, the one-year anniversary of the killing of Trayvon Martin, 17, by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fl., Martin’s mother and father wait to see if their son’s killer will be convicted and punished, says the Orlando Sentinel. Zimmerman is living in hiding, waiting for what his lawyers predict will be his exoneration. Sanford residents are waiting to see if the Police Department, which faced withering criticism and the ouster of its chief, will stabilize under a new leader and win the confidence of the black community. Weeks after the incident, 8,000 people rallied in protest in downtown Sanford. No speeches and marches are planned there today. Martin’s parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, will be in New York City for a “million hoodies” candlelight vigil in Union Square. People will gather for a moment of silence to honor Trayvon and “all victims of senseless gun violence,” according to the family’s law firm. Zimmerman’s hearing under the Florida “stand your ground” law is tentatively set for April 22.

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