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Trayvon Martin rally for justice held in South Bend

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Dozens of people came together in Downtown South Bend Saturday at a Cry for Justice rally. The rally was held in the wake of George Zimmerman's acquittal in the Trayvon Martin case.

Songs and prayer filled the air in Downtown South Bend Saturday.

Gilbert Washington, an organizer for the event, led many of the prayers, "And for all of our children we pray Lord...protect our children."

A group of community members gathered across the street from the Federal Courthouse to ask for justice. Event organizers said the Cry for Justice rally was aimed at remembering Trayvon Martin.

Val Maxwell an event organizer said, "We feel Trayvon Martin's pain, we feel his parents pain."

While everyone at the rally was showing their support for Trayvon Martin and his family, not everyone in the community is supportive of the event.

On the FOX28 Facebook page some users were less approving.

Angela wrote,  "Waste of a perfect afternoon that could have been better spent spending time with family and loved ones.

Mary said, "Zimmerman was given a fair trial and found not guilty"

But at the rally, people said the all white jury was not a "fair" trial. They'd now like to see a civil suit against Zimmerman.

Val Maxwell said, "That was an injustice that happened in Sanford, Florida."

This group also wants to see change in the future.

Marcus Gracie who attended the rally spoke on changes he'd like to see. He said, "I would like to see more sincerity and more attention to focus on the lives of African Americans in America."

Even South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg spoke of change.

"We have to acknowledge that fear is toxic, fear is poisonous.  We must find ways to move past fear in the way we look at each other," said Buttigieg.

A major change that several spoke of is a change to Indiana's Stand your Ground law.

Gladys, who spoke at the rally said, "We are here because we have one of those laws and we do not want what happened in Florida to happen in Indiana. We can do a lot to try to change these laws to be a force in our community."

At the rally, Councilman Oliver Davis and Henry Davis Jr announced they would be writing a resolution asking the state government to repeal Indiana's Stand your Ground law.

Rallies for Trayvon Martin are happened across the country Saturday, including in New York City.

More than 500 energetic ralliers held signs and umbrellas in the summer heat as Jay-Z and Beyonce made appearances. This was one of 100 planned justice for Trayvon vigils, from Philadelphia to Atlanta and to Miami.

In Miami, Trayvon Martin's father, Tracy Martin spoke to the crowd. Ralliers said this was the beginning of a movement.

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