KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hundreds gathered at a park on the Country Club Plaza in memory of a Florida teen who was shot and killed one month ago. Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteered who called him “suspicious”.
Local organizers are using what happened to bring awareness to the crime problems in Kansas City. The group came together seeking justice for Martin and education for the local community.
Virginia Vann was one of the first ones to hold her sign along the street and waving at passing cars.
“I’ve been the only one out here since 3:30,” Vann said. “It didn’t matter, it’s just something that I had to do.”
Martin was an African American teen who was walking home when he was shot by George Zimmerman who is White and Hispanic. Martin was un-armed but Zimmerman claims self-defense. Zimmerman has not been arrested or charged for what happened The incident has fueled debates and calls for Zimmerman’s arrest.
At the rally, Mayor Sly James said Kansas City should’ve been working together like this years ago.
“If we continue to do this in the future, we will avoid future tragedies,” Mayor James said.
A Facebook invite to Monday’s gathering showed more than 700 people planned to attend the rally. Organizers took down names and numbers of the people who attended to the rally to continue dialogue about similar issues in the future.