People wore hooded sweatshirts and showed pictures of Trayvon Martin at a rally in Greenville. (March 24, 2012/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -
Hundreds of people packed an Upstate park to show their support for the family of Trayvon Martin. Their message, in chants said throughout the rally was, "no justice, no peace."
The rally, which happened in Greenville's Cleveland Park on Saturday afternoon, was attended by people of every age and every race, all expressing outrage.
"Greenville, we come together when there is an injustice," said State House Rep. Chandra Dillard. "We come together to stand by and beside each other. That injustice in Florida is an injustice here to us."
The organizers say the message they have is simple - it could happen here, it could happen anywhere, and it could happen to anyone.
"My 17-year-old son walks to the store all the time," said organizer Traci Fant. "He buys Skittles, Arizona (Tea) is his favorite drink. It could've been my child, dammit."
People showed their support with signs, with hoodies, with the items Martin was carrying with him when he was shot and killed last month in Florida.
"Our children, in their eyes, have less rights than a stray animal," says Fant. "We cannot let this continue to happen to our children."
The people want justice for Trayvon Martin. Some at the rally were already comparing his death to the 1955 death of Emmett Till, a teenager who was killed for allegedly whistling at a white woman. Others say the time has come to move on from targeting someone because of their race.
Travis Watson attended Saturday's rally, and said, "As a young black male, I look like Trayvon Martin."
Tina O'Connor brought her son to the event and said, "Somebody needs to stand up and say 'We're all in this together, we're all human beings.'"
For those attending the rally, there's a hope that justice will come, but also a hope that future generations will understand what happened.
"It's a people thing, it's a human thing," says O'Connor. "That's what I'm taking away from it, that's what I'm wanting him to take away from it, too," pointing to her teenage son.
Organizers say they were initially expecting less than 100 people to show up to Saturday's rally, but nearly 10 times that amount attended. The organizers say they're overwhelmed, but thankful for all the support.
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