Trayvon Martin hoodie and Skittles rallies spread across nation
From Atlanta to Seattle, rallies were held this weekend calling for justice in the Trayvon Martin case. More Trayvon Martin rallies are planned for today.
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The shooting has spurred protest rallies across the nation, with at least three others planned in Tennessee. The Commercial Appeal reports Memphis activists plan two events this week to protest the boy's death and WDEF-TV reports a march is planned in Chattanooga.
In New York, State Sen. Eric Adams plans to join African American senators in wearing hoodies to State Senate legislative session Monday afternoon to dramatize shooting of Trayvon Martin.
In Detroit, coalition of civil rights, labor, clergy and community leaders plan to hold a "Justice & Peace Rally." Monday evening at 7 p.m. In Los Angeles, City Councilman Bernard Parks and members of the Baptist Minister Conference plan to hold a news conference and lead a public prayer for the Trayvon Martin task force on Monday morning.
In Atlanta, civil rights groups, students and public officials are planning to rally Monday at the steps of the Georgia statehouse. Organizers are encouraging participants to wear a hoodie like the one Martin was wearing when he was killed.
Meanwhile, a man identified as a friend of the Florida neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman said Monday that Zimmerman would tell the teen's parents he's "very, very sorry" if he could.
"This is a guy who thought he was doing the right thing at the time and it's turned out horribly wrong," Oliver said.
"I learned that he couldn't stop crying for days after the shooting," Oliver said.
Both Oliver and Craig Sooner, an attorney speaking for Zimmerman, said there is other evidence that hasn't come out that shows Zimmerman was acting in self-defense when he shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February.
The shooting in a gated community near Orlando has sparked widespread outrage, with many calling for Zimmerman's arrest.
Martin was returning to his father's fiancee's home from a convenience store when Zimmerman, 28, started following him, telling police dispatchers he looked suspicious. At some point, the two got into a fight and Zimmerman pulled out his gun.
Zimmerman's father is white and his mother is Hispanic.