Local church remembers Trayvon Martin

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Sunday morning, a local church honored the memory of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen killed by a neighborhood watch captain last month.

St. Paul's Baptist Church came together for what it called "Hoodies Up". As a show of solidarity, Pastor Lance Watson asked the congregation to come to worship services casually dressed wearing a hooded sweatshirt, or hoodie. Martin was wearing a hoodie when police say he was shot.

During Sunday morning's services, the church prayed for Martin's family.

Martin's death has sparked nationwide outrage. On Saturday, hundreds rallied in Virginia Beach -- and across the nation -- protesting the handling of the shooting death.

On Thursday, hundreds gathered on the campus of Virginia State University, and on Monday another protest is scheduled to take place on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University. "Taking A Stand: We Are Trayvon Martin" is planned as a peaceful 2-hour protest, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the VCU Student Commons plaza.

No criminal charges have been filed against George Zimmerman, who claims he acted in self-defense. However, neighbors told NBC's Lester Holt that didn't appear to be the case.

Holt traveled to Florida for a special edition of Dateline NBC. In the special, Holt talks with Martin's family, eyewitnesses, and friends of George Zimmerman.

You can watch that special edition of Dateline, Sunday night at 7:00 on NBC12.

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