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Tucson responds to race in Zimmerman trial as nation protests

Tucson responds to race in Zimmerman trial as nation protests

By Simone Del Rosario. CREATED Jul 14, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Many believe it's the race factor that propelled this Florida case into a national story. 

However, Nine On Your Side spoke to several people in Tucson who say they're disappointed the outcome is dividing the nation.

"I'm sure they'll file an appeal; I know I would," Alexander Meyers said. "But it just kind of hit hard to home because when I was younger, when I was a kid, that would be me out there."

"I still think the country has a long way to go before we heal from the racial differences and can learn to all get along," Judy Corso added.

"I would hope that in this century, in 2013, we would be at a place where we could move forward more with being able to see beyond a person's skin color," Chasity Meadows shared.

Race will continue to play a role in this case. The NAACP is now calling on the Department of Justice to file civil rights charges against George Zimmerman. 

Simone Del Rosario

Simone Del Rosario

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Simone is the KGUN 9 On Your Side resident cowgirl. She has spent most of her life on the back of a horse, and spent all of her high school and college years traveling from rodeo to rodeo with her horses and her dog, Roper.