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Prayer, peaceful protests highlight Sunday in Sanford

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Updated: 7/14/2013 11:28 pm

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.

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RiverRat - 7/15/2013 5:05 PM
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I was glad to see that most good folks supporting the Martin family expressed their displeasure with the verdict peacefully with the exception of the idiots in Oakland California. Of course they would probably have rioted even if he had been found guilty. Any excuse to tear down your own neighborhood.

openmind - 7/15/2013 4:56 PM
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The reason none that information matters is because Mr. Zimmerman never new that information and if he would have stayed in his car his life and the life of Trayvon Martin would not have been dramatically changed. Did you know that Trayvon Martin was already researching colleges and had a major picked out. Were you informed that a white supremacy group hacked into his e-mail to find more negative things about his childhood charector but instead they came across college applications. The point is he just recently turned 17 and had a whole new world ahead of him to grow up, but thanks to Mr.Zimmerman being scared of a male with dark skin his future as a man was eliminated. Nobodies background is spotless eveMr. Zimmerman and it is a sad story.

Realchange - 7/14/2013 11:59 PM
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Someone needs to ask these Martin supporters to review his cell phone records text wise. Review his school record. Brags about making snitch school bleed and then he hasn't bled enough yet either. Trying to buy street hand guns. Told he fights to much. Suspended from school for fighting on multiple occasions. Caught with stolen women's jewelry ( he was just holding the backpack for a friend). Bragging about attacking his bus driver. Much much more to much actually. Instead the real Martin 5ft 11 inch ready to kick your ass if you questioned him about anything. We get the Martin 12 year old photo with people so sure he was cuddly honest good kid. Good kids aren't trying to buy street guns, bragging about buying pot, bragging about they going be gangsta's,bragging that a school snitch has not bled enough. Martin's past speaks loud and clear about what kind man he was.
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