Dozens Gather For 'Justice for Trayvon' Rally In Downtown Columbus

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UPDATED: Sunday July 21, 2013 9:46 AM

Nearly 100 people gathered in downtown Columbus this afternoon, exactly a week after a central Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman of Second Degree Murder and Manslaughter in the shooting death 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

The peaceful gathering was part of National Action Network's "Justice for Trayvon" vigil.

The gathering was one of scores nationwide to honor the unarmed teenager and call for change.

"I just think it's important that people know that this isn't just going to be let go. I have boys and I'm concerned," said Tracey Johnson who attended the rally.

Many parents say the verdict has sparked fear for their children's future.  "I do feel like this could have been them and so I feel like I just have to do something and this gave me a venue to do something," said Qiana Williams, a mother of two.

Today's vigil was held outside the Federal Courthouse as participants argued the need for advocacy at the state and federal level.

"I think that the Federal Government needs to stand up to address these various laws, stand your ground or whatever name that they're calling them, to examine them," said Johnson.

The group also marched to the Ohio Statehouse, saying they were determined to fight for societal and legal changes.

"Ultimately, I don't know that our rally is going to change anything but it just feels like we should do something," said Williams.

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