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Candlelight vigil for Trayvon Martin in Petersburg

PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - A small group of supporters held a candlelight vigil for Trayvon Martin at Lee Memorial Park in Petersburg, Saturday night.

The crowd wore hoodies, lit candles and prayed together. It wasn't just for the Martin family, but for all families that have been affected by violence.

"every community has been affected through senseless acts of violence and every community has a Trayvon Martin," said Terronda Taylor of Sisters Reaching Sisters.

Saturday's vigil comes on the same day protesters marched through the streets of the 17-year-old's hometown, demanding justice.

Protesters are calling for the arrest of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who shot and killed Martin.

Civil rights leaders, the Reverend Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, joined in the protests.

Zimmerman says he acted in self--defense.

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