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Trayvon Martin's parents call for justice during Los Angeles rally

April 26, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Trayvon Martin's parents were in Los Angeles Thursday night for an emotional civil rights rally honoring their son, who was shot dead in Florida.

There was heartfelt gratitude from a mourning mother as the 17-year-old's parents spread their call for justice.

"I believe that justice will be served," said Sabrina Fulton, Martin's mother. "I just want to say thank you. We really appreciate you all."

Close to 1,000 people, including national civil rights activists, packed the pews at West Angeles Church of God in Christ in Crenshaw for a rally marking the two-month anniversary of Martin's death. The unarmed Florida teenager was shot and killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who has been charged with second-degree murder.

Civil rights leaders, The Rev. Al Sharpton and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, called on the community to take action, saying Martin's death is not a moment, but a movement to end racial injustice once and for all.

"What kind of nation are we living in if we can put a black man in the White House but can't walk a black teenager through a gated community in Sanford, Fla.?" said Sharpton.

Sponsored by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the rally focused on the need to change racial profiling and crime. Residents said it's clear the fight is far from over.

"The struggle still continues for justice. Nobody is tired. We're just getting started. Hopefully, the truth comes out," said Abdul Aziz of Inglewood.


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