Kennethia Hall chants while holding a picture of Trayvon Martin during a rally at the intersection of Seventh and Nebraska avenues. CHRIS URSO/STAFF
Chiquavia Baker, left, along with her daughters Zyani Mitchell, 2, Miyaha Bankston, 8, and Khaliyha Bankston, 7, hold pictures of Trayvon Martin during a rally at the intersection of Seventth Avenue and Nebraska avenues. CHRIS URSO/STAFF
TAMPA - A crowd gathered on the outskirts of Ybor City Tuesday to protest the verdict that set George Zimmerman free.
About 40 people along Nebraska and Seventh avenues held signs declaring, "Justice for Trayvon Martin." Chants of "No Justice, No Peace" and "I Am Trayvon" rang out.
Dot Lee said she attended the rally because she felt the not-guilty verdict for Zimmerman was unfair.
"He should've gotten something, at least manslaughter," said Lee of Pasco County. "He didn't get no community service. He got nothing. This is a 17-year-old boy who got killed. It could've been my child."
Six jurors, all of them women, deliberated for 16 1/2 hours Saturday before deciding that Zimmerman was not guilty in the shooting death of Martin.
Zimmerman said he shot the teen in self-defense as Martin walked through a neighborhood in Sanford; Martin's family said Trayvon was profiled and targeted by an overzealous Zimmerman.
Word of Tuesday's 6 p.m. rally was spread via Facebook. John W. Jones III, one of the organizers, said protesters were concerned residents and not members of a particular organization or activist group.
"This is just a peaceful demonstration for Trayvon," Jones said.
Darren Jones, another organizer, said he printed about 100 signs, some of which said, "Two Million People Want Justice for Trayvon."
"We are voicing our displeasure at the verdict," Darren Jones said. "I don't feel that justice was served. Trayvon can't be out here himself. I'm speaking for Trayvon."