MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Churchgoers and concerned citizens across Minnesota and the country wore hooded sweatshirts Sunday to honor a teenager shot dead in his Florida neighborhood.

Seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by Neighborhood Watch Captain George Zimmerman last month. Police say Martin was unarmed, but Zimmerman says he thought Martin was a threat. Zimmerman was not arrested.

Now, the image of Martin in his hoodie is everywhere.

In Minneapolis, a community gathered Sunday, inspired by Martin’s killing and all the Twin Cities children taken and wounded by gun violence. The gathering happened in north Minneapolis and was sponsored by Protect Minnesota.

Sen. Linda Higgins, who attended the gathering, says that although Martin’s death has sparked the nation’s interest, it’s important to remember what’s happened in Minnesota.

“Even though our entire country is talking about gun violence now, we need to bring it home and talk about what’s right here,” she said.

The mothers of Terrell Mayes Jr. — the 3-year-old who was killed by a stray bullet — and Quantell Braxton — who was shot in the head while playing with friends — were joined by other mothers who want the violence to stop.

Community activist K.G. Wilson said those grieving mothers don’t want their children to be forgotten.

Some people even go so far as to describe Minneapolis as a war zone.

V.J. Smith, the national president of Mad Dads, said that since Jan. 1, 456 shots have been fired in the city.

“And in those shots, people have been to the hospital, people have lost their ability to walk again,” he said.

Sunday’s meeting gave people the ability to work with others toward a common goal.

“This is what we need to do for the killings here,” Wilson said. “This is what we need to do: come together like this.”

Community members signed up to help lobby lawmakers about gun control. Many also committed to take part in A Million Hoodie March, which is to be held at the University of Minnesota Thursday night at 6 p.m.

Comments (24)
  1. big 0 says:

    Politicise guns and racism so we forget about the deficit spending = liberalism 101.

    1. Isaac says:

      I was all set to support them until they called it the one million “hoodie” march.

  2. Uncle Rico says:

    Pathetic stunt and a waist of time in the most unproductive fashion possible, sounds like it’s right up the shout louder do nothings alley. Cant believe this has been going on for a month now. Yawn.

  3. BOB says:

    He probably got what he had comming. One less gang banger on the streets.
    Thank God.

    1. Jim says:

      a real gang banger going out for Skittle and some tea, right!

      1. colorblind says:

        What do “real” gang bangers eat?

        1. Kevin says:

          What ever their EBT can buy them………..

  4. race baiters says:

    Find a real cause people.

  5. sickening says:

    The African American subculture glorifies gangs.violence, crime, and denigration of women. They are responsible for the largest percentage of violent criminal acts. 80% percent of African American children are born to single mothers. When an African American youth in the latest gang banger fashion gets shot, it is just an opportunity for the African Americans to divert attention from the problems of their own making, avoid accountability, and perpetuate their eternal victim status.

  6. Just Sayin says:

    Way to keep pushing that victim metality within this culture! Let’s COMPLETELY IGNORE the CONSTANT shootings going on in North Minneapolis, Brooklyn Center, and South Minnapolis. There must me zero mirrors in this communtiy because they obviously don’t look at who is really causing ALL their problems.

  7. Bill Clinton says:

    The culture of Africa is a failed culture, one that should not be celebrated. You can see the corrosive effects of that culture when you look at black run America. Go ahead and visit the great black run cities, Detroit, Newark, Gary, etc. They are all ready for the bulldozer or a gift from Mrs. O’Leary’s cow. Minneapolis is well on the way with that same terminal decay. One only need visit north Mpls, Brooklyn Center, etc.

  8. colorblind says:

    Up to no good or not, the kid was confronted, copped an attitude cause he didn’t have to take that and now he’s dead. His folks didn’t do a very good job teaching him when and where to pick his battles. The kid made some bad choices that night too not just the shooter. either one of them could have prevented it.
    Look like a duck and quack like a duck then accept that there’s a chance your going to get shot, thats just a fact of life.

  9. Roundhouse says:

    Not gun violence, thug and moron violence took this young mans life, don’t blame the gun blame the idiot who used it.

  10. just sayin says:

    Who was it that said you can take a man out of the ghetto, but you can’t take the ghetto out of the man.

  11. Kevin says:

    So a few times a week blacks are killed in Minnesota……..no outrage…….but some kid gets shot by a Mexican American in Florida and the world is ending……..the Black Community is a failed experiment! And now they again have a false Martyr to worship…….which is easier than looking in the mirror and taking full blame…….

  12. A black resident says:

    So, black people should never leave our houses and walk to the neighborhood store? We should never wear a hoodie when its raining? We should never get angry at someone thats following us suspicously?

    1. colorblind says:

      Not at all but, when someone is point a gun at you it may be time rethink when is the best time to stand up for your rights. Sometimes it’s best to live and fight another day. The kid took a gamble and lost. He had as much control over the outcome and should be accountable for that fact. Not condoning what the shooter did just saying…

  13. desert eagle .50 says:

    But it gives the phony “Reverend” Al Sharpton and the phony “Reverend” Jesse Jackson something to whine about.

    1. opportunity time says:

      Exactly. Law enforcement is deliberately letting Zimmerman off to place the “no retreat” law in a bad light. Sharpton will use anything to promote himself as the next MLK,. The blacks can use it to divert attention from their own self destructive behavior. And of course, the liberal media feeds into and perpetuates their agendas for them.

  14. A Minneapolis Resident says:

    Its not a racial thing…. What outrages me is that you can admit to murdering someone in ‘self defense’ and the police just take your word for it. What is wrong with this country when people justify killing eachother? How dare you say someone deserved to die because they looked suspicious.

    Shame on the people that suggest because you wear cetain clothes you were asking to die…. I know plenty of non black kids that live in minnetonka and hopkins that wear baggy pants and hoodies, should we shoot them too?

  15. BOB says:

    If they are out looking to mug someone then yes. They deserve to be shot. I dought the ones in North Minneapolis are on there way to the store for a T.V.Dinner.

  16. g dog says:

    Make no mistake – there would be no outrage – if the cop that did the shooting was black.
    Sharptons hands wouldn’t be big enough to cover his ass on that one.

  17. what tripe says:

    Zimmerman is being called a “white hispanic.” Absolutely incredible. At least one witness saw Martin assaulting Zimmerman. He had the man on the ground and was repeatedly striking him. Martin followed Zimmerman and assaulted HIM. He was on suspension from school for having drug residue in his backpack. So much for the innocent Skittle eater. This whole case is BS that is being manipulated by everyone with an agenda.

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