NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Several churches in New York City paid tribute to Trayvon Martin during Sunday services.
Wearing hoodies in honor of the Florida teen, hundreds at the Middle Collegiate Church in the East Village voiced their concern and anger. Many said they believe it may have been racially motivated.
“Trayvon is emblematic. He could be any mother’s child,” said Joel Janka of Crown Heights. “It’s our collective duty to stand up and voice our concern.”
Police say Martin was shot and killed by neighborhood watch captain, George Zimmerman. Martin was wearing a hoodie at the time, reportedly carrying skittles and an ice tea.
Zimmerman’s lawyer claims he was acting in self-defense under the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law. He was not charged.
“I’m the mother of a son,” said Erica Hunt of the East Village. “I don’t know how to react exactly, but I know I have to do something about that.”
1010 WINS reporter Glenn Schuck reports…
One friend said in a TV interview that Zimmerman couldn’t stop crying for days after the shooting, and he’s had to go into hiding because of death threats.
Members of the New Black Panther Party put a $10,000 bounty for his capture.
Florida Governor Rick Scott says although his heart goes out to Martin’s parents, Zimmerman is entitled to his due process.
“He has not been accused. You have got to make sure no one feels uncomfortable that’s not been accused of a crime. So if he feels unsafe, then we’ll make sure nothing happens to him,” he said.
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