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Local protest to Zimmerman acquittal

By Paola Giangiacomo, Reporter
Published On: Jul 14 2013 09:01:08 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 15 2013 07:39:12 AM CDT

Vigil held for Trayvon Martin

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

Even though the jury ended the criminal debate in the George Zimmerman trial, the not guilty verdict is fueling a national debate.

Rallies were held across the country Sunday, including in the Lehigh Valley.

Nearly two dozen people gathered on the steps of the Lehigh County Courthouse in Allentown Sunday to protest George Zimmerman's not guilty verdict.   They want justice for Trayvon Martin.

" I think George Zimmerman is guilty in the eyes of the public. When you have anyone that goes out and kills a 17-year-old, he should be held accountable," said Basillo Bonilla of Bethlehem.

Alongside the lit candles sat a bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea, the same items that Martin purchased the night he was shot by Zimmerman.

"A young man's life was taken because he had a bag of Skittles and iced tea because he was black  in a white neighborhood. He was gunned down and his killer walked.  Parents here fear that what happened to Trayvon Martin could easily happen to one of their kids," Bonilla added.

"It's not fair. It could have been my son walking to the store but I don't live in Florida. That's the only difference that laws are different. Something needs to change," Veronica Torres said.  

The vigil honoring Trayvon Martin in Allentown did not last long but people here hope the message lives on long enough to spark change.