Nashville rally peacefully honors Trayvon Martin - WKRN News 2

Nashville rally peacefully honors Trayvon Martin

Posted: Updated: July 14, 2013 10:08 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

The verdict in the murder trial of George Zimmerman has drawn reactions from across the country, including here in Middle Tennessee.

Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder Saturday night in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

A peaceful rally was held in Nashville Sunday evening. The organizers said in a statement that the event was "to honor the life of Trayvon Martin, reclaim the narrative around the case, have time to reflect, grieve and to connect with each other for further action."

Organizer DJ Hudson said the rally provided a space for public outcry.

"We want people to be heard and be listened to," he stated. 

Similar peaceful rallies are planned in cities across the country. Demonstrators are upset with the jury's verdict.

Zimmerman shot Martin in February 2012 and the then-neighborhood watch volunteer claimed self-defense.

A jury in Sanford, Florida cleared Zimmerman on charges of second-degree murder Saturday night.

The Nashville rally was held Sunday night from from 6 to 7 p.m. on the lawn of the state capitol building off James Robertson Parkway.

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