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NC motorcycle clubs rally for Trayvon Martin

Posted April 8, 2012
Updated April 9, 2012

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— About 350 bikers from several motorcycle clubs gathered Sunday to honor the life of Trayvon Martin, the 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.

Bikers left Durham around 4 p.m. Sunday, rode to Greensboro where they met more bikers, and then rode back to Durham. 

"The most important thing that we need to learn as part of the community is to make sure that your neighbors are treated fairly, that everybody you deal with is treated fairly and just being aware," event organizer Ramsey Richardson said. 

Organizers also raised money that will go to the Trayvon Martin fund in Florida to help pay for legal costs associated with the case. 

In late March, hundreds attended several rallies across the Triangle to mark one month since the shooting and call for justice in Martin's death. 

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.

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  • jackcdneh1017 Apr 10, 2012

    Until there's proof that this was anything other than self-defense, Zimmerman is innocent. The 9-11 call doesn't show anything racist at all ..... did he follow after the dispatcher said not too ? Maybe, I wasn't there nor were any of these other posters on here. The claim is self-defense. Maybe he followed, or maybe he was attacked as he walked back to his vehicle ... it happened OUTSIDE his vehicle, thats all we know. As far as this being about Race there is ZERO proof of it. Stop buying into racists like Jackson & Sharpton. They are the same ones who have yet to give us an apology for the Duke Lacrosse case. Their existance is based on stirring the the pot. PanthersFan45

    Yes, until there is proof. But in most cases the proof or disproof would be found in a court of law. The "racism" claims are based on no charges being laid and hence no investigation. Mr. Zimmerman deserves his day in court. Let him justify his actions there.

  • muggs Apr 9, 2012

    "We say one thing for some people/races and another thing for others" Please do not confuse the people of this country with the politicians of this country,we seem to differ on many things it's just that the leaders of this country get to have their opinions covered by the media and ours are censored when the are in opposition.

  • storchheim Apr 9, 2012

    Where's the outcry for that man who was jumped on a dark street in Baltimore on St Pat's Day by a bunch of guys who beat, stripped and robbed him while videotaping it? Sucker-punched him so hard that when his head hit the sidewalk you could hear the impact, and blood pooled up out of his ears immediately. I don't know why he isn't in a coma or dead. Horrifying.

  • storchheim Apr 9, 2012

    "I am beginning to understand why other countries hate America. We say one thing for some people/races and another thing for others."

    Oh please. Every country does this.

  • atozca Apr 9, 2012

    The Sanford police department received much attention when Zimmerman was raising hell about the treatment of a black man that was unjustly beaten. Yep, Zimmerman was an advocate for the beaten black man and was one of the most vocal persons in the case. Guess he wasn't a racist in that case (sarcasm). Just so happens that the lead detective that wanted to file charges against Zimmerman is one of the guys that beat the black man in that case. Sounds like payback to me.

  • PanthersFan45 Apr 9, 2012

    Until there's proof that this was anything other than self-defense, Zimmerman is innocent. The 9-11 call doesn't show anything racist at all ..... did he follow after the dispatcher said not too ? Maybe, I wasn't there nor were any of these other posters on here. The claim is self-defense. Maybe he followed, or maybe he was attacked as he walked back to his vehicle ... it happened OUTSIDE his vehicle, thats all we know. As far as this being about Race there is ZERO proof of it. Stop buying into racists like Jackson & Sharpton. They are the same ones who have yet to give us an apology for the Duke Lacrosse case. Their existance is based on stirring the the pot.

  • affirmativediversity Apr 9, 2012

    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.

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    So if her father had been Hispanic and his mother white would he be Hispanic...
    How about anyone of a multi racial background...did Trayvon have any "white" relatives? or the President...if his mother had been black and his father white would that make him "white"...

    Race baiting has reached new pinnacles with this case!

  • joeydirtwood Apr 9, 2012

    got to say I was really impressed with how much weight those motorcycles can hold.

  • HaulinMAS Apr 9, 2012

    Why the old picture of Trayvon? Why did this blow up and become such a big deal a month after it actually happened? Why did NBC alter the tape making it look like Zimmerman was racist? Who wants us divided and distracted?

  • joeydirtwood Apr 9, 2012

    these folks took a nice bike ride on a warm sunny day and this means sonething ???Way to get outside your comfort zone guys !

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