Belfast Telegraph

Monday 20 October 2014

Thousands attend rally for Trayvon

Thousands took part in a rally in Miami to support the family of killed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin (AP Photo/Julie Fletcher)
Thousands gathered in Miami to demand justice for Trayvon Martin (AP/J Pat Carter)

Political leaders, sports stars, entertainers and several thousand people have taken part in a rally in Miami to support the family of an unarmed Florida teenager shot and killed by a neighbourhood watch volunteer.

Basketball stars Alonzo Mourning and Isaiah Thomas, singers Chaka Khan and Betty Wright and others joined the parents of Trayvon Martin in calling for justice in the case.

The black teenager's father promised the crowd that he would not stop fighting "for my Trayvon and for your Trayvon".

The rally came a day after thousands marched through Sanford, the central Florida town where 28-year-old George Zimmerman shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February.

Zimmerman has claimed self-defence and has not been arrested.

State and federal authorities are investigating.

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