Dozens march in protest of Trayvon Martin shooting

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Submitted: Fri, 03/30/2012 - 3:47am
Updated: Sun, 04/01/2012 - 12:11am

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Tensions are rising nationwide because of the case of an unarmed black teenager shot to death by a neighborhood watch captain in Florida. Marches have been held throughout the country, and Wilmington is no different. Dozens of protesters gathered Thursday, marching from City Hall to Riverfront Park.

Though it wasn’t quite a “Million Hoodie March,”organized in cities like New York and L.A., those who marched in downtown Wilmington still made their voices heard.

“I think we need to stop this thing from going on,” said Jerome Whitley, a protester in the march. “We need justice.”

“I mean, he had skittles and tea in his pockets,” said Jeremy Mage, also at the rally. “He was just walking the streets.”

It’s been more than a month since Trayvon Martin’s tragic death, and new details from the investigation continue to surface. The teen’s alleged shooter, George Zimmerman, claims self defense but police surveillance video shows Zimmerman with no apparent injuries or signs of blood.

“We are at a crossroads in America, where we either decide we want law and order or we have vigilante justice,” said Ron Sheckelford, who spoke at the rally. “We cannot have vigilante justice in a country of laws.”

The reaction to Trayvon’s story has been anything but silent. His death has become a catalyst for social activism, calling for justice and peace for all races.

”We need something to happen to show us our children are safe, no matter what color they are,” said Roxanne Kirtright, who helped organize the rally.

Another rally is scheduled for this Saturday at 8th and Red Cross Streets in Wilmington.
Protesters plan to wear black hoodies that say “I am Trayvon” in memory of the teen. The rally starts at 5 p.m.


  • WilmingtonObserver says:

    One sign at the Wilmington rally asked, “What if he had been white?” Good question. What is your answer?

  • Citizen of the Republic says:

    ”We need something to happen to show us our children are safe, no matter what color they are,” said Roxanne Kirtright, who helped organize the rally.”

    Well, here it is. Teach your children, all children, that living the “thug lifestyle” has no future.

    By all eyewitness accounts, Mr. Zimmerman followed the law. He was attacked by a man that had already bought into the stupid “ghetto code” of “what you looking at” and “you got a problem”. The big mistake was his, in believing that the intended victim was vulnerable. That was a big miscalculation on Trayvon’s part.

    His 2 twitter accounts show he was a thug in training. His NO_LIMIT_NI@@ER handle proves it. If the “N” word is so horrible, why was it ok for him to use it.

    His graffiti, truancy, burglar tools, assaulting a bus driver, stolen jewelery were all milestones in his quest to be exactly what got him killed.

    This is not about justice. It’s the Duke lacrosse case all over again.
    Where were all these protesters when Crystal Mangum was found out to be a liar? Did they march and demand “justice” for the defendants that were framed by the DA to sooth black feelings, and further his reelection?

    “It’s been more than a month since Trayvon Martin’s tragic death, and new details from the investigation continue to surface.” Your absolutely right. New details about Trayvon and the kind of man he was.

    It wasn’t tragic, it was predictable. Sooner or later, he was going to acost a citizen or fellow “hoodie”, that was armed.

    All this could have been avioded if he had continued to WALK AWAY.

    But that doesn’t get you street cred!

  • GuestMan says:


  • phillyguy says:

    Glad I moved out into the woods. If a riot breaks out I’m getting too old and slow to run from flying rocks and!

  • Guest51 says:

    It certainly would not have made the national news, or it would have been on the scroll on the bottom. The case is way above ” blown out of proportion”. The media is doing nothing but fueling this storm, the guard has already been tried and convicted. Racism today is geared towards whites, not the other way. People need to wait until all the facts are published before they jump on the race card, media outlets included.

  • anne says:

    Where are the demonstrations for the 13 year old WHITE boy in Missouri that was accosted by 2 young BLACK men, doused with gasoline and set on fire? Where is the justice for him?

  • Retired Firefighter says:

    I want to know why all the people, who are protesting and marching for someone they did not know, are not at work? I mean, come on. Where were all you knuckleheads when Laura Faulkner was killed?

    Seems to me, the only justice is street justice. And from what they are turning up on Trayvon, it does not sound like he was a model citizen or an innocent kid with skittles and tea in his pockets.

    My grandfather once told me that if you run with dogs, you get fleas. Wise beyond his years.

    Black hoodies huh? I know the weather is supposed to be nice this weekend so, they can’t possibly be wearing them because they are cold. Must be symbolic for something else. I bet ya’ll were the kind of people that wore “Never Forget” t shirts after the fact and displayed American flags after 9/11 instead of bearing them proudly before.

    Reverse racism at its best. I guess Obama’s theory of “yes we can” is only applicable when its beneficial.

    What a bunch of hypocritical crap. Journalist and news should be state regulated, so news can actually be reported instead of sensationalized garbage.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Barack Obama and the national media wouldn’t give a rat’s hiney, and the unfortunate yet inconsequential local story would have stayed local?

  • Guestgrr says:

    If he was white, there would be no protest, his name would be forgotten and the NAACP (n**ros against all Caucasian people) would not be involved.
    The very actions of protesters are racist in nature…
    Did you see the shirt that said to “kill the p*s** a** cracker” I mean really? Dude is Hispanic.. How’s he a cracker, or crackah or whatever…
    Sharpton and Jackson are the biggest racists in our society and are standing beside the black panthers, an uneducated wanna-be mafia crime syndicate who has turned into the biggest racist group calling for riots and the killing of whites…. (again.. dude was Hispanic) That’s not racist? This whole thing reeks with racism and hatred of blacks towards whites….
    That’s why there weren’t many people at your little black pantha’ party yesterday in Wilmington….
    While Wilmington has had its share of racism, riots and hatred that was many years ago and the majority of all people of all color in this city respect one another and do not share the racist views of those in Florida.

    FOr the record, I am a proud man of color…

  • AngryPatriot says:

    Came here to complain and air my views. Glad to see everyone else has done so for me! He got what he deserved!

  • Lorax says:

    You know what’s particularly disturbing about this? I saw a sign at the rally that said, “It ought to be illegal to kill a child” and I immediately thought of 8 year-old Jamiah Batts who died on her school bus February 29th. I believe that Jamiah was killed by policy and by neglect. She was disabled, about as physically disabled as one can be. Confined to a wheelchair and dependent on others to take care of her and they failed her. Unfortunately there is no lone gunman to pin her death on and to herd a lynch mob around. Just governmental negligence and betrayal. Where is her rally? Where are the cries for justice? It is illegal to kill a child, unless you are a government agency. If you are a government agency you just secretly settle in court and pay off the judgment with taxpayer money, no one is held accountable and made to stand trial in criminal court, no one will have their picture in the news, no one will even suffer the public shame that may one day cause another to rethink policy and prevent the likelihood of another child’s death.

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    You left-wing morons provide us with plenty to hate. By the way your cap lock is on the left side of the key board.

  • Guest228 says:

    I find it funny that all of these comments made are complaining about people protesting instead of being at work BUT yet, the usual suspects that are doing the complaining are ALWAYS on WWAY blogging and hiding. I just want to inform you guys that instead of people rallying and applauding your posts, you are only get pity because of your ignorance.

  • Guest757 says:

    become a member of the NRA….

  • Anonymous says:

    Remember Eve Carson? UNC student body president who was murdered in cold blood a few years ago. Let me refresh everyone’s memory: Two young men shot a promising young girl multiple times including a shotgun blast to the back of her head. I don’t recall any protests or marches then. No bounties, no violence, just an innocent college girl murdered for no good reason. How about everyone take a step back and take a deep breath. This is a sad and violent world at times, that doesn’t mean the system is failed or riots and bounties should take place.. Ps- search the web for the killer’s photo as he took Eve’s card to the ATM machine in her SUV. Their names are Lawrence Lovett Jr and Demario Atwater. Wish someone had called the police that night about a suspicious guy in a hoodie. Just saying…

  • Guest2012 says:

    Why would you think that we HATE right-wingers? We LOVE right-wingers. And, we FAR out-weigh and out-smart you dummies who believe JUST ABOUT ANYTHING that you hear on the NEWS.

    At least WE are consistently right! We don’t fly by the seat of our pants, with our fingers to the wind to determine what day it is, or jump on ANY HATE-Mongering band wagon just to FOLLOW the Pied Piper.
    But since you are Challenging us,you may want to control yourself, because we will let you have it. Remember, it isn’t too late for you, you can work real hard, earn a lot of money, share in the AMERICAN dream and make it as a right-wing American someday.
    Then, and only then will you be able to make up your OWN mind and have the confidence to elaborate about some of your OWN values, mores and beliefs. At that time, you will shout “OBAMA’S POLICIES SUCK” from the rooftops! And, You have Ms. GOP and Guest 2012 permission to leave your Cap key stuck on when you come to your senses and are able to articulate anything other than nonsense about SMART Americans.

  • deputy 25 says:

    well GUEST 228, looks like u r hiding too!! whatever your name is???

  • dittos says:

    Excellent comment citizen!! HEAR HEAR! Could not have said it better! Dino Costa on Mad Dog Radio has been an excellent commentator about this subject.

  • Maggie says:

    There were no protests for Eve Carson because the thugs were caught and bought to justice.

    The Trayvon Martin’s case is about justice. Not race.

  • Guest12 says:

    The deference is that the Mo police are looking for the attackers and are looking to charge them with a hate crime. It is fact that Zimmerman killed Martin, so why is he not being charged with anything? Learn how to read before posting ignorant filth.

  • Guest12 says:

    The ignorance on here is amazing!The fact of the matter is that Zimmerman shot an unarmed kid and was not charged with anything. But it’s ok because he was black and the N got what he deserved right? Typical racist 19th century Wilmington mindset. Sherman should have burned this town like he did Atlanta. Then maybe this Wilm would’ve contributed something useful to this planet, instead of hordes of evil inbred racist trash.

  • Guest12 says:

    If the victim was white, Zimmerman would have got the death penalty, or at least 25 to life.

  • Guestsnc says:

    …you help me understand why these posts are mostly nasty and negative, and why the folks who write them are mainly just talkin’ to themselves. WWAY staff must be tired of reading them … they can probably predict which stories will bring out the “usual suspects” on their message boards!

  • Unbiased says:

    If Zimmerman had not been assaulted he would have been convicted. Martin had only one injury caused by Zimmerman defending himself. This is a fact proven in a FL court.

  • nchilltopper says:

    I suggest you learn how to spell before making such an asinine statement. Your chosen word applies to this situation in such a way that folks like you will likely never understand.

  • tweety says:

    wasn’t going to comment but couldn’t let it go.A young man lost his life a mother lost her child.this has nothing to do with the government,it has a lot do with the fact that the case wasnot handled correctly from the very beginning.Has nothing to do with wearing a hoodie you probanly have 2or3 in your home.I do does this make a thug(by the way what makes you a thug or is it something that you and your friends throw around)My neighbor wear them all time but he doesn’t look like me does that make him a thug (just saying)Hope thatyou never have to feel the pain of losing a child and you can,t get theanswer to why it happen.when you get a chance look up the words racist and racism.

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    You sir are correct….Just like O.J Simpson got when he killed two white people. Oh wait…he didn’t do it. However do you remember all the rioting the white people did after he was cut loose? Oh wait, nobody did that either. Wrong example I guess.

  • Guest45 says:

    How was Trayvon a thug?

  • Das Weibstück says:

    Wrong, I haven’t commented. Miss me?

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    Oh, NOW I understand! This was an additional march for guilt-ridden White liberals to attend safely!

  • Guest51 says:

    As sick as it is sometimes you cannot help but laugh at the truth
    Thanks for speaking what everyone else is thinking. People are such odd creatures riddled with contradictions.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    if they truly want to accomplish something maybe they could all march through Creekwood or some of the other projects. Start checking plate numbers and ownership on some of the higher valued vehicles present; ask some of the young teenagers why they are not in school; and by the way, where did you get that $6,000 chain around your neck? But then, that might not get the media attention; and they might actually get a first hand look at life in a thug’s world.

    Me, if I were marching, I’d have a friend on my right hip and my permit in my wallet.

  • GuestCommon Scents says:

    The march for right-wing a##holes will begin right after and the at the head of it will be Common.

  • Guest What are you talking about? says:

    What does a march calling for law & order vs. vigilante justice have to do with liberals or conservatives? These people are simply wanting a complete and transparent investigation of a fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager by a neighborhood watch “captain,” rather than it being swept under the rug, as it apears the local PD did in Florida.

    I personally don’t see how an armed person pursuing an unarmed kid minding his own business can claim self defense. Sounds like the neighborhood watch guy is the one who instigated the confrontation. A jury really ought to decide this one, instead of the police just letting it go, which is what they were doing before the parents went to the media. Amazing what they did when no one was watching. Now that the world is paying attention, law enforcement is apparently conducting investigation at the local, state, and federal levels.

    What would all the gun rights conservatives say they would do if they were the ones being pursued by an armed man? In my mind, they would have shot the armed neighborhood watch guy and claimed they were defending themselves. This dead teenager may very well have been defending himself. However, he only had a box of skittles and jar of tea against a guy with a gun.

    It is only because of the public uproar, like the march here in Wilmington, that the authorities are taking a serious look at this shooting. Why are you finding fault with this, and blaming it on the liberals. I would think that people of any political party would want this thouroughly investigated. Or do you simply think it’s ok to shoot black kids because they look suspicious?

  • Scott says:

    You must not have seen the video. After frisking him, the cop can clearly be seen inspecting the back of his head. Then as he’s walking past the motorcycles, when paused, you can see a mark several inches long on the back of his head.

    Remember that paramedics treated him at the scene.

    I’m not saying what he did was right, I’m just saying that the video clearly showed that he had an injury to the back of his head.

  • GuestCommon Scents says:

    The number of marchers would not surprise me for obvious reasons that even you can probably figure out. No, public education has not made everyone an idiot, but, you sir, are not the exception.

  • Citizen of the Republic says:

    Just because people don’t buy into the slanted national news organizations spinning the story doesn’t make you a right winger.

    I think you’d be surprised at the number of marchers commonsensenotcommontoday would have.

    Definitely more that 2 dozen, bongo beating, bleeding heart, jobless.

    Public education hasn’t made everyone and idiot.

  • deputy 25 says:

    better get the whole story before you start marching for may turn out like the lacross case. get your naacp leaders down here to to stoke the fire then leave, where were they at when the lacross case turned south on them and the women lied??????? ya dont hear bout that. what about the white boy that was set on fire last week as his mother watched by black thugs at a gas station. where is the outrage on that???????? just a white boy died, not enough drama on that one i guess! the blacks want someone charged , thrown in jail whether or not any evidence backs up the charge! now what sense does that make??? these hoodies are often associated with thugs! that is just a known fact, not fiction. if it looks like a thug, walks like a thug, acts like a thug, well it probably wants to be or is a thug!! be careful who you take up for before saying Trayvon was an angel. why was he in a gated community anyway where he did not live?? a cup of tea and skittles look the same as a weapon in the dark!!

  • WilmMan says:

    “The teen’s alleged shooter, George Zimmerman, claims self defense but police surveillance video shows Zimmerman with no apparent injuries or signs of blood.”

    What exactly does that prove? Absolutely NOTHING! That video was taken several hours after the incident AND after EMS checked and cleaned up Zimmerman. I love how the news media, including our local media, only report half the facts just to stir the pot and increase their sales

  • PublicAvenger says:

    So what if two eyewitnesses confirmed that Martin was the aggressor. So what if he was given medical treatment on the scene, and he was processed at the police station, several hours later. Were you expecting to see a bloodbath in that grainy video ? Lets look at the crime scene photos for the truth.

  • Scott Amundsen says:

    First of all the police video was not taken “several hours” after the incident but just a little over an hour. As for Zimmerman’s so-called “head wounds,” I don’t know if you’ve ever suffered a head wound such as Zimmerman claimed he sustained, but those things bleed like you would not believe and EMS alone may well have been unable to stop the bleeding. If his head had been banged on the pavement the way his family is claiming, he would have been taken to the hospital. And even if you allow for that, he would have had BANDAGES ON HIS HEAD. No bandages, no blood, no wounds.

    “Self defense” MY ASS. That bastard got out of his car and HUNTED DOWN an unarmed kid AFTER THE 911 DISPATCHER TOLD HIM SPECIFICALLY NOT TO FOLLOW HIM.

    Do your homework next time before you spew more nonsense.

  • CCRES says:

    If these people would get a job, they would not have time for all of this stupidity. Some of us have to work for a living.

  • Protesting is their job says:

    Protesting IS a job for these people. They get paid by local organizations like ACORN (or some group ultimately funded by George Soros) to hold a sign and scream. These people are one step removed from the people you see dancing on the side of the road in a statue of liberty costume during tax season. Did anyone see the free pizza and sandwiched delivered for them?

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    Ron was quoted as saying “We are at a crossroads in America, where we either decide we want law and order or we have vigilante justice,” said Ron Sheckelford, who spoke at the rally. “We cannot have vigilante justice in a country of laws.”
    Maybe he should also concern himself with the black panther party putting a bounty on Zimmerman’s head. But of course that is not something he is concerned with now is it? Hypocrites. If you don’t want vigilante justice then let the proper authorities handle this and get your asses back to work, if you even work.

  • Dozens ha! says:

    Ha! Dozens! Boy what a protest. All of the protesters are sheeple and useful idiots. The reason why this is being so hyped is it serves a purpose for the administration. Class warfare, race baiting, and demonization are the only tool/tricks left this administration has. This is just a way to shake the right hand so that you don’t watch what the left hand is doing.

    And don’t get me started on the twins of nasty, Sharpton and Jackson. If it were not for inserting themselves into situations like this they would have been forgotten long ago. Anyone who is a self proclaimed leader is no leader at all.

  • taxpayer says:

    but a trademark. You cannot “patent” a name.

  • who cares says:

    The people at the rally better make sure they have Mr Martin’s Mothers consent or she will sue you. She is getting a patent on any slogan’s associated with her son’s death.

  • GuestMan says:

    You would leave there on a board

  • Citizen of the Republic says:

    Like Travon?

  • Guest757 says:

    Surf City Tom, I couldn’t agree with you more…

  • SurfCityTom says:

    First, you assume I would march.

    Second, you assume I am a bad shot.

    But you may be right; on that thought I would not leave alone.

    Of course, your comment also proves minds like yours move to the media drum beat; and would not think of marching to achieve something constructive.

  • dittos says:

    yawn……going to be fun watching the backlash when the truth finally slaps all these racist up side their heads. First OJ, then Tawana Brawley, and Duke….on and on. One of the best was a few years ago when Rock Hill, SC police had to shoot 15-year-old Yvette Williams after she pointed a BB gun at police. The whole black community held vigils and demanded “justice” against the police….till finally they showed a pastor and her family the dash cam video of her after she had robbed a store at gunpoint. When it’s finally realized that George Zimmerman is the REAL victim here….you wont find a sole to take responsibility for this REAL lynching!

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    …until the investigation is over. Justification for deadly force is still required and if the DA decides that Zimerman was too free with his weapon, the case will be presented to a grand jury.

    The absence of an arrest never impinged upon the requirement for a DA’s inquiry.

    The problem is, you people want to convict Zimmerman without due process, simply because this is now a political event instead of the rather inconsequential, isolated local crime it truly is.

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