About 200 people attended a rally in downtown Los Angeles for Trayvon Martin Monday afternoon. Martin was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch captain in Florida a little over two months ago.
The event at Pershing Square took place a little later than scheduled, as people began trickling in after 4 p.m.
Martin was returning home from a convenience store with an iced tea and bag of Skittles when he was confronted by George Zimmerman, who shot and killed the 17-year-old. He has yet to be arrested, with police citing Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law.
Monday's rally followed the decision by Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey not to send the case to a grand jury, which leaves the decision of whether to charge Zimmerman in her hands, eliminating the possibility of a first-degree murder charge. Corey insisted that the decision not to go to a grand jury won't affect whether Zimmerman will be charged.
A large portion of Monday's crowd consisted of young people. A commercial radio station pumped music in the background as politicians, musicians and students took turns speaking out in Trayvon's defense.
Protesters waved signs reading "We Are Trayvon" and "Justice for Trayvons." Demonstrators said the reference was to past victims of racial violence such as Oscar Grant, Mitrice Richardson and the most recent, Kendrec McDade, who was shot and killed by police in Pasadena after a 911 caller claimed to have been robbed by McDade at gunpoint; McDade didn't have a gun.
Wayne Nelson from Pasadena brought his 12-year-old son. They said that the son knew McDade's sisters. Wayne Nelson said he has older sons who have been harassed by police, so the Martin incident hits close to home.
Many marchers said the recent string of similar incidents have given greater prominence to the Martin killing.
Some carried a box of letters written by protesters, demanding justice for Martin and the arrest of George Zimmerman, to L.A. City Hall.
The rally is the second held in L.A. in less than a month for the Florida teenager.