Photo: Trayvon Martin vigil (3chicspolitico)
A vigil for Trayvon Martin was held Tuesday evening to commemorate the one-year anniversary of his murder.
Martin was only 17 years old when he was shot and killed by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman near his home in Sanford, Fla. The incident sparked outrage across the country due to the fact that Martin was not armed.
Zimmerman claimed he acted in self-defense. He was later arrested and charged with second degree murder. His trial is set to begin in June.
ABC reported that Martin’s parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, hosted the Million Hoodies Candlelight Vigil at Union Square in New York.
Other communities reportedly planned similar vigils.
The incident also prompted a re-evaluation of Florida’s self-defense law, which permits citizens to use deadly force if they feel threatened.
CBS reported Friday that a task force commissioned by Florida Governor Rick Scott to study the law stated that there was no reason to make changes.
“We are a state that is very interested in the Second Amendment,” said defense attorney Mitch Stone.“A lot of people here carry guns and are adamant that nothing should be done to change that, in any way, shape or form.”