Protesters march on one-year anniversary of Trayvon Martin shooting
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Reporter: Aaron Brackett
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Tuesday marked one year since 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Florida by volunteer neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman.
The story sparked national attention on gun control, race, and a controversial Stand Your Ground law, which is also in place in Arizona.
Shooter George Zimmerman says it was self defense, but Martin's parents say they are still fighting for justice for their son. Tuesday in Tucson, protesters marched across the University of Arizona campus to bring greater awareness to the issue of racism.
"The main significance is that we are remembering Trayvon Martin," said protestor Charles Davis. "He was murdered a year ago today by George Zimmerman in the state of Florida who has been somewhat upheld by the stand your ground law there. We wanted to remember his legacy that he did die just a year ago today, and since his death, other black boys have been murdered in the state of Florida, and Arizona also has a stand your ground law."
As part of their message, some protesters took to the microphone to share personal stories of racism in their own lives. Nolan Cabrera hoped to spark conversation about racial tension in Arizona.
"At the very least, I hope a campus dialogue ensues because its not just about Florida or Trayvon, but as I alluded to at the rally, this is something that is going on in Arizona and across the country," said Cabrera. "How many other martyrs do we need to see before we do something about it?"
The protest included about 15 people and remained peaceful without incident.