Dozens rally for Trayvon Martin

By Perry Russom

Dozens rally for Trayvon Martin

July 15, 2013 Updated Jul 15, 2013 at 11:49 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Saturday's not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial sent shock waves throughout the country, including here in Binghamton.

Local supporters gathered Monday evening calling for justice for Trayvon Martin.

They chanted, "We will never move on. Justice for Trayvon."

Approximately 30 people marched from Recreation Park in Binghamton to the Martin Luther King Jr. statue off Main Street.

Zimmerman was accused of shooting the 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February of 2012. Martin was unarmed.

The jury acquitted him of second-degree murder and a lesser charge of manslaughter.

"I was really hurt," said Binghamton University graduate student Toivo Asheeke when he heard the jury's verdict. "I've been stopped by police loads of times for doing nothing and I'm in a graduate program, quote unquote, so I'm supposed to be one of the good ones, but it's not about all that. It's not about being good or bad. It's about being black."

Asheeke said he is planning a rally on Thursday at 6 p.m in Binghamton. It's scheduled to start at the courthouse and finish at Columbus Park.

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