BALTIMORE - There have been demonstrations around the nation. Now, Baltimore City is planning its own. Trayvon Martin, 17, a seemingly good kid, was shot and killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.
The incident happened about 1,000 miles away in Sanford, FL. But to rally organizers making signs in Baltimore Sunday night, Trayvon is like their own.
"Today, it's Trayvon. Tomorrow, it could be your child. And as far as we're concerned as a community, it could be your child too," said Rev. Cortly C.D. Witherspoon, a rally organizer.
Members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference are expecting hundreds of people. Monday marks one month since Trayvon was killed.
In that time, Zimmerman has not been arrested. The police chief has stepped aside, as the Justice Department looks at possible civil rights violations.
In the 911 audio, you hear a dispatcher ask: “Are you following him?” Zimmercan says “yeah.” The dispatcher says “We don’t need you to do that.”
Zimmerman told police dispatchers Martin looked suspicious. At some point, he got into a fight and Zimmerman pulled out a gun he says in self defense. The 911 audio also reveals a possible racial slur from Zimmerman.
"If he was young, and he was healthy, and he was white, he wouldn't have been looked at as being suspicious."
State Delegate Emmett Burns, a pastor at Rising Sun First Baptist Church, wore a hoodie while delivering his Sunday message.
"It will not end until we begin to stand for justice. We are decent people. We're not thugs. We're not crooks. We're not bandits because of the color of our skin," said Del. Burns.
Over 100 signs are ready to go, as Baltimore joins the nationwide rally to seek justice for Trayvon.
"I can't see it as too much of a racial thing. I just see it as something that wasn't right. It wasn't investigated," said Joyce Faizon, who plans to attend the rally.
Here are the details for Monday night's rally: A march will start at 5 p.m. at Light and Pratt Streets. It will end at Fayette St. in front of police headquarters. At 7 p.m., they will move in front of City Hall for a vigil.
Organizers are getting calls of support from across Maryland and other states.
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