Rally in Birmingham marks anniversary of Trayvon Martin death

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — It’s been two years since the death of Trayvon Martin. Rallies were held across the U.S. in remembrance of the 17-year-old, who was shot and killed in Florida.

Two years later, a Birmingham group is still marching for Trayvon Martin. The only change, they’ve added Jordan Davis to the list. Davis, also from Florida, was shot and killed while being confronted for playing loud music at a gas station on November 23, 2012.

“I can’t sit in silence and know that injustice is going on, because like Martin Luther King said, “Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere,” said Mercutio Southall.

The group marched at Kelly Ingram Park for more than just the two teens they’ve never met.

“My reason is just like this 29 year old brother standing beside me. It’s about his value and his worth and every time we come together we have an opportunity to say that you matter you count,” said Frank Matthews, one of the organizers of the rally.

For Martin Weinberg, what happened to Trayvon Martin hits especially close to home.

“I’ve got a 14-year-old nephew that could have been Trayvon Martin, he looks very much like him and to think, we had discussions right after it happened, that could have been him and he just didn’t feel the system was fair. He was asking me questions about why that happened,” said Weinberg.

The group hopes their efforts will spark a change to prevent deaths like Martin and Davis’ from happening.

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