|Published:||Jul 21, 2013 9:44 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 21, 2013 10:40 PM EDT|
NAPLES, Fla - Dozens of demonstrators gathered for a peaceful march and rally Sunday night in support of Trayvon Martin and the hope to raise awareness about their wishes to repeal Florida's Stand Your Ground Law.
Demonstrators held signs and chanted as the marched from the Naples Pier down 3rd Avenune.
"The death of Trayvon Martin upset so many people and I think people are starting to think about how and why this could have happened," says Ellen Hemrick of Occupy Naples.
"I just want to show Collier County that we can all come together and we can try and right some of the wrongs that exist," says Harold Weeks, President of Collier County's NAACP.
The rally was organized by several groups with the goal to try and effect change in the justice system and repeal Florida's Stand Your Ground Law.
"We have to be more involved in the community so when things like this happen instead of saying that law is unfair we can say we were active and involved in this process," says Tishana Wokocha, a concerned citizen who showed up to march.
Naples resident Detlef Schattner supports the Stand Your Ground law. He says, "they should rally. That's part of what makes America great, but on the the other hand I'm not worried about it because another thing that makes America great is the fact that we can protect ourselves."
It's that discussion about Stand Your Ground and racial profiling that the demonstrators are hoping to spark with the hope that this march can make a difference down the road.
"Hopefully we can prevent some of them, but I know dang on sure we can't prevent all of them," says Weeks.
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