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Peace Rally in Memory of Trayvon Martin

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Trayvon Martin's parents speak out for the first time since Sunday's "not guilty" verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.

Martin's parents say they were stunned by the verdict-- but urged that any protests be peaceful.

That was the case tonight at Savannah's Daffin Park-- where several dozen people gathered to honor Trayvon Martin.

Compassion, love, and understanding-- that was the message and something those in attendance tonight say we are seriously lacking in this community.

Trayvon is gone, but they say he should serve as example of what happens when we use weapons and not words to solve our differences.

The hoodie---has become a silent cry of injustice and a longing for understanding. It's now synonymous with Trayvon--who has become the symbol of young life taken away at the hand of another.

Alderman John Hall says its far reaching.

"When we have concerns about a case happening down in Florida, we need to look around in our backdoors and front yards and we see the senseless shootings happening on our streets."

Every day, mothers are losing sons, children are losing fathers and families are broken ---all because of violence. But it happens everywhere, including here in Savannah and Hall knows all too well.

"I lost a brother in 1984 to a senseless killing. This is very personal to me. I wish we could just lay down these arms and come together as a community. The time to do it is now, we must stop this."

It's a cry Lateshia Bryant knows by heart.

"Lately I've been worried about myself. It's hard."

Her son, Cleophus Swann was killed April 19,th 2012. He was just 18 years old. She says she and Trayvon's mother have something in common---their pain.

"You get up and you want to hear your child's voice. You want to see your child again, and you are not able to do that. I dream about him all the time, you want him to be there, you want to touch your child. And you can't."

But through it all, she hopes the unrest leads to brighter days.

"I hope this makes us more together--to love each other and communicate better."

We would like to remind you the Swann's murder-- along with many others—is still unsolved. If you have any information on any crime that has taken place, you are asked to call Crimestoppers at 234-2020.

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