Peaceful Rally for Trayvon
As residents across the country and around North Central awaited the verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial... many gathered to pray and reflect.
The Bartley Temple United Methodist Church in Gainesville held a peaceful rally for Trayvon Martin today... and as tv20's Anna Carabeo reports people are urging for peaceful discussions following Zimmerman's not guilty verdict.
The message of the rally was peace and unity within the community.
Organizer of the event, Reverend Milford Griner says the purpose of the rally was for residents to express their feelings in a non-violent way.
"The last thing that will be needed, will be any acts of violence or other negative acts that may come about," said Griner.
Griner says that they don't want this verdict to cause violence in the community.
"We are still going to come together and talk and discuss, and more importantly, we are going to call for peace," Griner said.
Gainesville Police Chief Tony Jones attended the rally saying in times of controversy… he was proud of the way the city gathered.
"Gainesville is a community that comes together regardless of race and religion and that we come together in times of diversity and we address it as a community," Jones
Many gathered to pray for Trayvon and to talk about how his death had impacted them individually.
"I have grandchildren his age, it affected me as a father," said Griner.
Local civil rights leaders and members of community organizations had an open panel with those who attended.
The microphone was open to everyone and people were encouraged to ask questions.
One student who attended said its events like these that bring people together.
"I'm glad that we had this tonight, that there were so many strong messages of love and peace within this community," said University of Florida student, Nailah Summers.
There's no telling what impact this trial will have across the state and even the nation, but right now many communities are praying for peace.
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