Austin groups show support for Trayvon Martin's family

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by KVUE News

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Posted on July 14, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 15 at 7:51 AM

AUSTIN -- Two different groups in Austin gathered to show support for the family of Trayvon Martin on Sunday.

In the afternoon, a small group prayed and sang for Martin's family at the old federal building on 8th Street, saying the family had not gotten justice and the system needs to change.

It was a sentiment echoed by many more at the Capitol early Sunday evening, where the crowd chanted "Criminal justice, what a lie. They don't care when black kids die." This group marched down Congress heading toward Republic Square Park.

"I'm just walking and showing support, and showing I care and stuff," Thabo Khabele-Stevens said.

Kenji Taylor expressed his opinion on the outcome of the Zimmerman trial.

"I'm here to support Trayvon Martin and his family and to show that what they did was wrong and he shouldn't have gotten off. He should be in jail right now."

They said having a voice was enough, and resorting to violence was not necessary.

"I have sons and they can't walk to the store in their own neighborhood. So we just want justice.  We want something to be done. It won't stop," a woman who identified herself only as Traci said.

"I think the community need to get out and see what's going on. It helps spread the word. Spread the word," Cori Holmes added.

George Zimmerman, the man on trial in Martin's death, was found not guilty by a jury late Saturday night. Zimmerman was accused of second degree murder for shooting Martin on Feb. 26, 2012.

While he admitted to shooting the unarmed teenager, Zimmerman maintained the teen attacked him and he acted in self defense.

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