ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – Two events were scheduled in the St. Louis area on Friday in response to last month’s shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in an Orlando suburb.
Treyvon Martin, 17, was returning from a trip to a convenience store when George Zimmerman, 28, started following him, telling police dispatchers he looked suspicious. At some point, the two got into a fight and Zimmerman pulled out his gun.
Zimmerman told police Martin attacked him after he had given up on chasing the teenager and was returning to his sport utility vehicle.
The shooting ignited resentment toward the police department in the Orlando suburb for not making an arrest. Civil rights groups have held rallies in Florida and New York, saying the shooting was unjustified. Of Sanford’s 53,000 residents, 57 percent are white and 30 percent are black.
In St. Louis, a large group of people gathered outside St. Louis City Hall Friday morning to protest over the case. Organizers of the march asked attendees to wear hooded sweatshirts, like Martin was wearing when he was shot. Marchers also waved Skittles candy, which he had when he was killed.
Another vigil is scheduled for Friday night at Tower Grove Park. That’s expected to begin at 7 p.m.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.