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Ocilla youth pushing for justice for Trayvon

OCILLA, GA (WALB) -

Two weeks after the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial. People continue to rally hoping to prevent a similar case.  A march in Ocilla on Friday was led by young people who believe Trayvon Martin shouldn't have been killed.

Most of the people marching on Friday were not adults.  They walked the streets and gathered at the Irwin County courthouse calling for justice.The youth of Ocilla marched to the courthouse this evening demanding one thing

"We want justice," said Ortiz Boyant, one of the young men participating in the march.

"We feel that justice should be served and that his family needs someone there to support them and we feel like we should do everything in our power to help them," said Shayon Boyant.

Young people were joined by adults to pray and sing.

They say they still see injustice in America, and the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial is one example.

"We stand here today to say that George Zimmerman profiled Trayvon Martin, we stand here today to say that George Zimmerman used excessive force, we stand here today to say that we concur with juror number 29's recent comments that she believed George Zimmerman got away with murder," said event organizer Reggie Miller.

These youth believe what happened to Trayvon Martin could happen to them.

"because I wouldn't want that to happen to someone in my family let alone someone else," said Shayon Boyant.

Event Organizer Reggie Miller wants Zimmerman to be punished, and he wants changes to laws that justify deadly force when it shouldn't be used.

"We want the federal justice system to press civil charges against George Zimmerman and we want states all throughout our nation to repeal or amend the stand your ground law," said Miller.

For now this community must wait and see if the outcry after the Zimmerman verdict leads to any change.

Friday's event was put on by Operation Save Our Youth and the Irwin County NAACP. 

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