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Dozens attend 'Rally for Trayvon' in Downtown Richmond

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

A large crowd gathered near the Federal Courthouse in Richmond as part of the "Justice for Trayvon" rallies happening all over the country.

Mayor Dwight Jones and several other pastors spoke out at Saturday's event. It's been one week since a jury rendered a not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.

City and community leaders took this opportunity to push for more peace in the streets.

Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones shared his views on Florida's controversial Stand Your Ground law to the crowd.

"Stand your ground is something that doesn't exist in Virginia it exists in Florida because all of us know that something needs to be done about Stand Your Ground, because Trayvon Martin did not have any ground to stand on and when an individual is unarmed and approached and accosted by somebody who is armed and he wounds up dead something is not moral something is not right I don't care if it's legal, it's not right," said Jones.

Others in the crowd showed their support for change.

"It's time for a change not just for black people but for all people," said Joetta Robinson.

Trayvon Martin's mother's attended the rally in New York while martin's father attended one in Miami Saturday.

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