Wilmington rallies after Zimmerman verdict

By Gianna Banner 11:03pm, July 14, 2013 - Updated 11:39am, July 15, 2013
VIDEO:scenes from Wilm rally and reactions
Many in the city of Wilmington rallied in Rodney Square Sunday to support Trayvon Martin and his family after hearing the news of George Zimmerman's acquittal in the case.

WDEL's Gianna Banner was there.

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Rally coordinator Fred Green thought it was important for the people of Wilmington to come together to offer support to one another. Green also wanted to show Florida that many around the nation disagreed with the outcome of the trial.

"Justice has not been served yet," said Green. "A young boy won't see his 18th birthday. A young boy won't graduate from high school. A young boy won't go on to prom, he won't be able to go on to college. That hurts my heart."

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Pastor Derrick Johnson was there for inspirational words and prayer.

"It is my prayer that these rallies will serve to convince the Justice Department to take up the issue of criminal law 249 of the hate crime statute," said Pastor 'D'.

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Many people at the rally could relate to the Martin family, and that is why Shefon Taylor of Wilmington was devastated when the verdict came out.

"The only thing I could do was apologize to them," said Taylor, when discussing the trial with family members. "I had to apologize to my son and apologize to my cousins and say 'I'm sorry that people don't value you.'

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The hour-long rally concluded with the Wilmington community singing Martin Luther King Jr.'s words, "Ain't going to let nobody turn us around!"

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