Locals march in support of justice for Florida boy shot and killed by neighborhood watch officer


by Mike Colombo


Posted on March 28, 2012 at 12:17 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 28 at 12:21 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Close to 100 people took to the streets of Downtown Louisville on Tuesday asking for justice in the case of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Nearly a month ago, Martin was shot and killed in Florida by a neighborhood watch captain.

Supporters at the front of Tuesday’s march carried a sign with a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that read, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

Though Trayvon was killed hundreds of miles away from Kentuckiana, those gathered downtown came with a simple goal; to seek justice for him. Wearing hoodies and carrying Skittles candy, just like Trayvon was the night he was killed, they took a stand hoping they will never know the violence that took his life.

"I have a 17-year-old, an 18-year-old, and I also have a 14-year-old son. That could've been my child," said mother Portia Shoulders.

"I think people just realize this could be anybody. People wear hoodies, people walk around, and people go to the gas station. It could have been anyone of us that could've been killed," said Sarah McCoy, the event’s organizer.

This gathering is just one of many nationwide fueled by allegations of racism and questions about how Florida Police investigated George Zimmerman, the man accused of shooting Trayvon. Zimmerman has yet to be charged in the case.

Until that happens, these supporters gave their word to seek justice for Trayvon.

The local movement to get justice for Trayvon continues Saturday at 3 p.m. at the intersection of Brook and Witherspoon near Waterfront Park in Louisville. Those who wish to attend are asked to wear a hooded sweatshirt and bring Skittles candy to help construct a memorial.