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Laurel residents hold signs along Ellisville Blvd. during a "Justice for Trayvon Martin" rally Saturday night. Laurel residents hold signs along Ellisville Blvd. during a "Justice for Trayvon Martin" rally Saturday night.
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LAUREL, MS (WDAM) -

South Mississippians joined thousands of people across the country Saturday who protested the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. In Laurel Saturday night, a small rally was held by concerned residents who say they want justice for Trayvon Martin.

He was the Florida teenager who was shot and killed by Zimmerman during a confrontation last year.

One week ago, Zimmerman was found not guilty of second degree murder and manslaughter in connection with Martin's death.

Zimmerman said he shot the teen in self-defense.

"What happened to Trayvon Martin is just a reflection of what's going on, the image of black men," said David Willis, one of the rally participants. "The image of black people killed Trayvon Martin more than anything," he said.

"The whole case concerns me, because I have five grandsons and that could have been one of my grandsons," said Margaret Powe, another rally participant. "The whole thing doesn't have a right feeling to it," she said.

"We need racial peace and harmony in this country," said Anthony Hudson, rally organizer. "We are only destroying each other and we can't see that," he said.

About 20 people took part in the rally.

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