Sharpton to Hold Rally for Miami Teen Killed in Sanford

Activist to hold rally for teen shot by neighborhood watch volunteer

By Brian Hamacher
|  Monday, Apr 9, 2012  |  Updated 8:11 PM EDT
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Nothing To Dispute Sanford Shooter's Self-Defense Claim: Police Chief


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

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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.

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.
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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.

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.

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.

"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.

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