Hundreds Attend Rally Held By Trayvon Martin’s Parents

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EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (KTVI) - More than 400 voices rang out at the North End Missionary Baptist Church in East St Louis on Friday. All of them spoke out against violence.

The family of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin spoke out to help spread the word. Martin's parents Sybrina Fulton and East St Louis native Tracy Martin came to share their story. Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida last February. Zimmerman claims self defense.

"Your children are your future. Trayvon was no different from any other kid. He's your child, he's your son, stepson, god son nephew, your cousin," said Sybrina Fulton.

The sanctuary was packed with family and friends of slain young men and women. Helen Cookwood just wanted to meet and share words with Sybrina. She lost her son Vincent 12 years ago.  Anti-violence groups from the area along with law enforcement had their say.

"I just wanted her to know I had her heart, we are both victims of violent crime. My son was killed with no justice," said East St. Louis resident Helen Cookwood

"When you see a young black man killed for no reason whatsoever by someone who saw him as a threat it is a complete travesty," said East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks.

While the effort to stop the violence here and across the country move forward. So will the mission of thousands who seek justice and peace. The next non-violence rally in East St. Louis is set for June 16th.

For rally information