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Locals Pay Tribute to Gunned Down Florida Teen

Jessica Flores

Locals Pay Tribute to Gunned Down Florida Teen

CREATED Mar. 26, 2012

BERMUDA DUNES-- A Bermuda Dunes church made an alter to shine a light on the controversial death of a Florida teen. 

"It's works too that we are called to do, it's not just saying oh me oh my let's say a prayer.  Let's do something," said Joni Miller, a seminarian at Pathfinder Community of the Risen Christ Church.

Miller erected a memorial to Trayvon Martin. She dressed the 17-year old's picture in a hoodie, like the one he was wearing when a Florida neighborhood watch captain shot and killed him. Martin was unarmed, and only holding a can of iced tea and a bag of skittles.

"There was something so clear cut about the tragedy. Someone without any particular protection and another person with a gun," said Ned Reidy, the Priest at the church.

Across the country, people are staring vigils and rallies demanding justice for the teen. 

"I can't help but feel there was a race factor, a young black man is dead on the streets," said Miller.

The gunman, George Zimmerman, said he acted out of self defense under the Florida "Stand Your Ground" law. But now people even here in the desert are questioning the police for not making an arrest.

"It's justifiable homicide. If it's you and this other guy and the other guy is dead, It's your word right?" said Miller, a retired peace officer.

Throughout the country people are staging rallies and vigils, demanding justice for Martin.

"I just hope that our little part can somehow change a heart, change a mind," said Miller.

Jessica Flores, KMIR6 News.