|Published:||Jul 17, 2013 10:27 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 17, 2013 11:32 PM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Justice for Trayvon Martin. People in more than 100 cities are holding vigils Saturday, a week after a jury found George Zimmerman not guilty.
One southwest Florida woman is organizing her own vigil.
Tracey Jones and her family are fighting violence with pens and paper.
"I started watching the trial, I watched the trial every day and it really touched me. Because we have a lot of 'Trayvon Martins' in our own area," she said.
She found out Reverend Al Sharpton's National Action Network planned "Justice for Trayvon Martin" National Day of Action vigils to be held at federal buildings on Saturday, July 20th.
The vigils are to press the federal government to investigate civil rights charges against Zimmerman.
But for Tracey, it's a matter of promoting peace in Fort Myers. "I have a lot of nephews that are growing up, and I want them to be safe, be able to walk with a hoodie on," she said.
Her message is personal. April 2011 her cousin Desmond Jones was shot and killed on a street near his home in Fort Myers. He was 13 years old.
"Children run to guns and think it's better, it'll make them better than everybody else. Because they end someones life. It shouldn't be like that," Jones said. "I'm sick of the violence, everybody, you know, families crying, funerals, all of that. We need to stop that."
She says the vigil is also a way to give a voice to other families who've lost loved ones. "People lost their child, but couldn't you know, go this big," she said.
The vigil will start in Centennial park on Saturday at 6:00pm. They will then walk to the federal courthouse.