Trayvon Martin Vigils Mark 2nd Anniversary of Teen's Death

Dorothy Rowley | 2/26/2014, 9:13 a.m.
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Vigils and rallies in memory of Trayvon Martin are being held in cities and communities nationwide on Wednesday, which marks two years since the teen was slain.

The Stop Mass Incarceration Network has organized rallies in many cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco, Dallas and Jacksonville, Fla. Participants were asked to wear hoodies in remembrance of Trayvon, a black 17-year-old was fatally shot in 2012 while wearing a hooded sweatshirt as he walked in the gated community in Sanford, Fla., where his father lived.

George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, admitted shooting the unarmed teen during an altercation but claimed self-defense. The case drew national attention when authorities waited nearly two months to charge him with Trayvon's murder.

Zimmerman, 30, a fair-skinned, self-identified Hispanic, was acquitted in July, leading to protests nationwide.

Trayvon's parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, are reportedly writing a book about their ordeal since their son's death.

Wednesday's rallies, billed as a "Day of Outrage," will also recognize Jordan Davis, another black teen in Florida shot and killed during a dispute.

Michael Dunn, a 47-year-old white man, fired 10 rounds into an SUV occupied by Davis and three friends at a Florida gas station in November 2012 amid an argument over loud music coming from the vehicle. A jury convicted Dunn earlier this month of attempted murder and shooting into the vehicle, but was unable to reach a decision on the first-degree murder charge.