Students To Complete 40-Mile Trek For Trayvon Martin

The 40-mile trek will culminate at the Allen Chapel.

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    Students march from Daytona to Sanford.

    College students who began a 40-mile march Friday from Daytona are expected to reach Sanford on Sunday for a worship service for Trayvon Martin, the teenager fatally shot in February by a neighborhood watch volunteer.

    Dream Defenders, made up of mostly Florida students, said they would walk "one mile for each day justice has not been served," according to Stephen Green of Morehouse College.

    The group said its goal is to bring generational change and educate students about domestic issues.

    The 40-mile trek will culminate at the Allen Chapel where Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump is expected to speak, the group said. The students will also call for the arrest of George Zimmerman, the watch volunteer who said he shot Martin in self-defense.

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    Martin was visiting with his father at his father's girlfriend's home in the gated community and had gone to buy a bag of Skittles and iced tea at a nearby convenience store and was walking back when the shooting happened.

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    Dream Defenders will also plan demonstrations for Monday in Sanford.