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Trayvon Martin's parents to join rally in Fla.

Marc Booker, of Sanford, leads a prayer during the candlelight vigil at the memorial site outside the gates of the Retreat at Twin Lakes, where Trayvon Martin was shot by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman, in Sanford, Fla., Sunday, March 25, 2012.  (AP Photo/Julie Fletcher)

Marc Booker, of Sanford, leads a prayer during the candlelight vigil at the memorial site outside the gates of the Retreat at Twin Lakes, where Trayvon Martin was shot by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman, in Sanford, Fla., Sunday, March 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Julie Fletcher)

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) -- The parents of an unarmed black teenager shot dead by a neighborhood watch captain in a gated community are leading a rally Monday in the city where he was killed to protest the lack of an arrest or prosecution.

Professional football players Ray Lewis and Santonio Holmes are joining civil rights leaders Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton at the rally in Sanford, near Orlando, that comes before a city commission meeting. It's the first time Sanford commissioners have met since the city's police chief stepped down in what he called a temporary move.

Also joining the rally are the comedian Sinbad and leaders from the Urban League and ACLU.

Trayvon Martin's parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, also are planning to address the city commission at its weekly meeting. The meeting was moved from City Hall to the Sanford Civic Center to accommodate the expected crowd.

There have been rallies around the country as anger has spread over the shooting a month ago Monday.

Seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin was returning to his father's fiancee's home from a convenience store when 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 he shot in self-defense and hasn't been arrested or charged.

Zimmerman has not spoken in public about the shooting. His lawyer, Craig Sonner, has been speaking for him and has denied there was any racial motive in the shooting. Zimmerman's father is white and his mother is Hispanic.

A man identified as a friend of Zimmerman said Monday the neighborhood watch volunteer would tell the teen's parents he's "very, very sorry" if he could.

Speaking on ABC's "Good Morning America," Joe Oliver said George Zimmerman is not a racist and has virtually lost his own life since the shooting.

"This is a guy who thought he was doing the right thing at the time and it's turned out horribly wrong," Oliver said.

On NBC's "Today" show, Oliver said he had spoken with Zimmerman's mother-in-law, who said Zimmerman was remorseful.

"I learned that he couldn't stop crying for days after the shooting," Oliver said.

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kevin 2 years ago

there is no reason for politcians and activists to get involved in a local police incident. This is all about power and looking big in keeping the black community voting for Obama, because he cares! Yeah right!

Let the crime go to its court system and be decided by the locals. Since when are we turning htis country into a "police state" by allowing the Feds to get involved in a State's issue? This should be uncontitutional. Let the facts play out in local court with no outside media getting involved to push the issue the way they see it. Innocent until proven guilty you idiot activists. All those politcians involved, including Hank Johnson, should go learn how to speak in pulbic first and then stay out of our face. This is all about him getting re-elected.

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news2me 2 years ago

The media keeps ignoring the involvement of the New Black Panther Party. The have a bounty - flyer out with a reward for the capture of Zimmerman. Why does the media not want to acknowledge the involvement of this black supremacy group? Very odd what is, and is not, considered 'news worthy' as this tragedy unfolds.

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news2me 2 years ago

Seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin was returning to his father's fiancee's home from a convenience store when 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.

The media has been saying he was at his dad's home. Now it's father's fiancee's home? Trayvon was most likely seen as an outsider / possible criminal in this gated community.

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