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On Monday afternoon, local civil rights and community groups led a march in downtown Los Angeles to demand justice for Trayvon Martin, a Florida teen who was fatally shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer who has not been charged or arrested.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Protestors gathered at 4 p.m. at Pershing Square and marched to City Hall at 6 p.m. for the rally called the "Million Hoodie March," which signifies what Martin was wearing at the time of his death. A hooded sweatshirt.
Since Martin's death, several rallies and marches have been held in Los Angeles, as well as cities across the nation. Martin, 17, was shot by George Zimmerman on Feb. 26. The teenager was unarmed and was only carrying a bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea.
A Florida special prosecutor said she would not take the case to a Florida grand jury, but would, however, continue pursuing her investigation.
"I think that the legal process should happen that normally happens, that there should be an arrest, a full investigation done and justice before a jury," said protester Priscilla Clark of Los Angeles. "I think that's what's missing here, that there's been no justice."
Zimmerman discussed the matter for the first time in a statement.
"I was involved in a life altering event which led me to become the subject of intense media coverage," the statement said. "As a result of the incident and subsequent media coverage, I have been forced to leave my home, my school, my employer, my family and ultimately, my life."
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