SANFORD, Fla. -- Emotions were high in Sanford, the day after a juror of six women reached a not guilty verdict in the state's case against George Zimmerman.
The day started off with a high-energy sermon at Allen Chapel AME.
Pastor Valerie Houston led her small congregation through upbeat chorus songs which eventually simmered into a solemn prayer. Every step of the sermon reflected on the life of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Two local college students lit a candle in honor of the late teen as Pastor Houston told church members that
Trayvon was sent as a sacrifice to reveal injustice in Sanford.
"I didn't want to wake up this morning to the devastating reality that hatred, prejudice and injustice pollutes the air of America," said Houston.
Saturday night's late verdict sparked a furry of protests across the country.
A small group of about a couple dozen protestors gathered peacefully outside the Seminole County Courthouse. Many chanted "Murder is a crime, Zimmerman should do the time."
Soon after, many moved to a larger rally taking place at Ft. Mellon park, which saw about 75 people come to protest Saturday's verdict. Many held signs that stated "Justice for Trayvon."
Estefania Galves traveled from Jacksonville to be apart of the campaign in support of Trayvon Martin. She says this case meant more than justice for Trayvon.
"There are Trayvon Martin's in every street of our country," said the Jacksonville native. "So we are here because we want justice for Marisa Alexander, we want justice for Trayvon Martin, we want justice for Jordan Davis."
Sanford police were on patrol for most of the afternoon but reported no issues with the crowds. The town stayed relatively quiet for much of the afternoon.