Local News

UNC students call for justice for Trayvon Martin

Posted March 28, 2012

Map Marker  Find News Near Me

— More than 100 students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill marched on campus Wednesday morning in memory of a Florida teenager whose shooting death has set off a firestorm of questions about the shooting and whether it might have been racially motivated.

Authorities in Sanford, Fla., say 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed Feb. 26 by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, who told police he shot Martin in self-defense.

The teen was unarmed and reportedly had been walking home from a neighborhood store with a bag of Skittles in his pocket and a canned drink in his hand.

Zimmerman, 28, said he was pursuing Martin because Martin was acting suspiciously. He said he lost sight of the teenager and that Martin attacked him.

Police never arrested Zimmerman, touching off widespread public outrage and protests across the country.

Martin's supporters believe race played a role in the shooting. Martin was black; Zimmerman's father is white and his mother is Hispanic. They have said that their son is not a racist.

The outcry has prompted petitions for Zimmerman's arrest as well as investigations by a local grand jury and the U.S. Department of Justice.

"It's important to stand together and let people know that justice needs to be served and that students care," UNC senior Irene Neequaye said Wednesday. "Young people care about the issue."

Marchers held signs and many wore hooded sweatshirts – that is what Martin was wearing the night he was killed.

A student rally to putting an end to racial profiling was also planned on campus for later Wednesday, which was expected to include speakers and petitions.

The rally is one of dozens that have taken place across the country and one of several this week in the Triangle.

A prayer vigil and rally were scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at Mitchell Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church in Pittsboro. A candlelight vigil was also planned for 8:30 p.m. at Flash Back Bar and Grill in Raleigh.

Students at UNC and North Carolina State University have also planned meetings on their respective campuses on Thursday in an effort, they say, to show solidarity with Martin and Shaima Al Awadhi, a 32-year-old mother from Iraq whom family members and supporters say was the victim of a hate crime when she was beaten to death with a tire iron.

Similar gatherings for Martin were also held this week in Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Charlotte, Raleigh and Durham.

134 Comments

This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • CjT1980 Apr 4, 2012

    http://www.chapelboro.com/topic/play_window.php?audioType=Episode&audioId=5775560

  • Lucas Turner Mar 29, 2012

    The police, FBI and intelligence agencies are videotaping you student protesters. A file will be started on you. You will become a security threat at airports, for passports, Visas, foreign travel, future government employment. Visits to the Capital, the White House and the Pentagon to name a few will be denied as you are now a national security risk. Don't believe me? This has been going on since the counter-culture movement of the 70s, Kent State, Jackson State, Catonsville and the rallies by MLK and Hoffman. Welcome to the real world of national government and personal loss of freedoms.

  • Lamborghini Mercy Mar 29, 2012

    kermit60 People other than minorities need to start standing up when they are a victim of a crime comitted by a minority and demanding that they be arrested, charged and jailed without any consideration of the evidence.

    Most minority's are arrested with or without evidence. According to some people all minority's look alike but you don't need me to inform you about stuff you already know. If you was educated enough to interpret the stats you'd already know that "game" of which you mentioned, started several years ago. You're late!

  • kermit60 Mar 29, 2012

    I hope this is the spark that starts the events that will finally put the race card in the shredder. People other than minorities need to start standing up when they are a victim of a crime comitted by a minority and demanding that they be arrested, charged and jailed without any consideration of the evidence. Let the games begin, I'm ready.

  • jackcdneh1017 Mar 29, 2012

    Anybody see the police surveillance video of Zimmerman from the night of the shooting? Clearly not a "portly" out of shape guy but very well built. I tried and tried but couldn't see his nose bleeding or any facial trauma at all. The back of his head was clearly visible, not a mark. For those who say he had been cleaned up, have you ever tried cleaning up from bleeding scalp wounds? Next to impossible without taking a complete shower. This guy shot and killed someone for zero reason and has gone out of his way, and with the help of his friends as "witnesses" to lie about the circumstances of the shooting. He needs to be charged, he needs to be arrested and he needs to go on trial for murder.

  • carrboroyouth Mar 28, 2012

    "My question is why would you be walking around in neighborhood at night with a hood over your head? I see these kids and adults mostly black walking around at night and daytime and 90 deg. outside with a hoodie pulled over their head as if they were trying to hide something.I don't care what color you are to me being seen in public with a hood over your head cries suspect to me! If you don't want to be profiled as a criminal then don't dress like one!!"

    It was lightly raining ... seriously, a sweatshirt is not a criminal garb. Didn't the Mafia wear suits? What does a non-criminal wear?? Those guys who robbed a person in Benson were dressed as cops

  • Rebelyell55 Mar 28, 2012

    Did you know that former governor Jeb Bush that signed the Stand Your Ground Law, said that Zimmerman needs to be arrested. Please keep up with the facts
    Dalphine
    March 28, 2012 5:16 p.m.
    ....LOL, just like a polictican to follow the mob mentality. If it goes the other way, he want the guy to have medal.

  • aetius476 Mar 28, 2012

    "unc students need to learn about Our court system...lynching hasnt been used in years" - ecu4me2

    Its happening right NOW!

    Why do you think Zimmermann and his family are in hiding and fearing for their lives? It does not matter what an investigation or trial turns up, if Zimmerman is not imprisoned or executed, there will be trouble.

    The lynch mob wants blood...

  • Dalphine Mar 28, 2012

    Did you know that former governor Jeb Bush that signed the Stand Your Ground Law, said that Zimmerman needs to be arrested. Please keep up with the facts

  • PJM Mar 28, 2012

    Thanks to those who attempted to educate "comfortable numb" what a character.......wow! This is what our country has as citizens....Good Job! Probably will vote for his daughters other father who is his brother....

More...