Rallies Take Place In Hempstead, Hartford In Support Of Trayvon Martin

March 31, 2012 12:00 AM

Rallies Take Place In Hempstead, Hartford In Support Of Trayvon Martin
" HEMPSTEAD, NY (CBSNewYork/AP) - Activists around the Tri-State are holding rallies on Saturday to call for justice in the killing of a Florida teenager by a neighborhood watch volunteer.

The rallies come in response to the February shooting death of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was killed by George Zimmerman in what he claimed was an act of self-defense.

WCBS 880′s Sophia Hall reports

Students from both Hempstead and Uniondale High Schools wore hooded sweatshirts as they sang and rallied in support of Martin, and 18-year-old Patonia Garra told WCBS 880′s Sophia Hall that Martin’s death has taken a toll on her.

“I have a brother myself,” Garra said, “and I think about him and how it could have been my brother.”

Students weren’t the only ones wearing hoodies and rallying for Martin in Hempstead.

“I wear this hoodie because that’s what he wore,” neighborhood watch captain Kurt Kronenberg said. “What is it going to be, are they going to shoot me now because I’m wearing a hoodie?”

Activists also gathered on Saturday morning at the corner of Albany Avenue and Main Street in Hartford.

Hartford activists are calling for Zimmerman’s arrest and support for Martin’s family "

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