'Justice for Trayvon' rally held at Paul Quinn College



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Posted on March 23, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Updated Saturday, Mar 24 at 9:05 AM

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DALLAS -- Friday was "Trayvon Martin Day" to remember the unarmed Florida teen who was gunned down by a neighborhood watch captain.

A crowd estimated at 500 chanted "We want justice for Trayvon" at Paul Quinn College in Dallas to protest the killing. Many wore hoodies and carried Skittles in solidarity with Martin, who was wearing one when he was slain.

Martin was shot by an armed neighborhood watch member who has not been charged with a crime because of a Florida law, similar to the Castle Law in Texas, that allows a homeowner to shoot in self-defense.

"The important thing, whether you have a hoodie on or not, is that you are here, and you understand that a threat to anyone under these circumstances is a threat to you," said State Rep. Hellen Giddings. "And there is an old saying that you all know about: When we keep allowing them to come and get people and we don't say anything, pretty soon they come and get you. And there is no one left."

State Sen. Royce West called for a review of the Texas law as he addressed the rally.

After the rally, the group spontaneously marched through the campus, continuing their chants.

The Paul Quinn event was organized quickly through social media. Organizers are encouraging people to sign an online petition at Change.org calling for justice in this case.

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