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Demonstration For Trayvon Martin Draws Large Crowd To Hemming Plaza Sunday

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Cyd Hoskinson
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WJCT

An estimated 500 people came together in Hemming Plaza to remember Trayvon Martin and to call for change on Sunday.

Martin was the 17-year-old black teenager killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in February of last year.  A Seminole county jury acquitted Zimmerman of the murder late Saturday night. Sunday’s protest in Hemming Plaza was organized by 23-year-old Katherine Segura with the group Dream Defenders.

“Being 23 myself, it hits pretty close to home," says Segura. "When something like this happens, it’s our peers, and we have to go out and stand there to protect them, to protect our rights and to protect our future.”

Dream Defenders is an organization made up of young people who want to end inequality and bring about social change.  Segura says the group plans to demonstrate in front of the state capital in Tallahassee on Tuesday.  

Cyd Hoskinson began working at WJCT on Valentine’s Day 2011.