Sharpton to Hold Rally for Miami Teen Killed in Sanford

Activist to hold rally for teen shot by neighborhood watch volunteer

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    In this undated family photo, Trayvon Martin poses for a family photo.

    The Rev. Al Sharpton will be holding a rally in Sanford Thursday for a Miami high school student who was shot and killed after a confrontation with a neighborhood watch volunteer last month.

    The activist will be holding the rally for 17-year-old Trayvon Martin at the First Shiloh Baptist Church.

    Slain Student Called for Help: Witnesses

    [MI] Slain Student Called for Help: Witnesses
    On Friday two women who live near where Miami high school student Trayvon Martin was shot in a gated community in Sanford, Florida came forward to deny that neighborhood crime watch captain George Zimmerman acted in self-defense, saying they heard the teen calling for help. "I feel it was not self-defense, because I heard the crying, and if it was Zimmerman that was crying, Zimmerman would have continued crying after the shot went off," Mary Kutcher said. (Published Wednesday, March 21, 2012)

    College students were also holding rallies at the Seminole County criminal courts building in Sanford and on the campus of Florida A&M University in Tallahassee Monday.

    Martin, a junior at Miami's Krop Senior High School, was killed by 28-year-old George Zimmerman on Feb. 26. The teen had gone to a convenience store to buy Skittles and was walking back to his father's home in the gated community when he was confronted by Zimmerman.

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    [MI] Police Chief Discusses Krop Student Shooting
    Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee said there isn't enough evidence to refute a self defense claim in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. (Published Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015)

    Zimmerman, who had called police to report a suspicious person walking in the neighborhood, told police he shot the teen in self-defense.

    No charges have been filed in the shooting, but Martin's family believe there should be.

    Nothing To Dispute Sanford Shooter's Self-Defense Claim: Police Chief

    [MI] Nothing To Dispute Sanford Shooter's Self-Defense Claim: Police Chief
    Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee Jr. said Monday that his department has nearly completed "a thorough and fair investigation" into the fatal shooting of a Miami high school junior, but said police do not have anything at this point to dispute shooter George Zimmerman?s self-defense claim. According to police, Zimmerman, 26, the captain of a neighborhood crime watch group, told them that he shot Trayvon Martin, 17, in self-defense after an altercation on the night of Feb. 26. (Published Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015)

    "We're hoping this doesn't happen again to another family, and that America opens their eyes ... even though this won't bring Trayvon back, we don't want there to be another Trayvon," father Tracy Martin said.

    Zimmerman's father says his son has been unfairly portrayed as a racist.