POSTED: Monday, July 22, 2013 - 9:00pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 8:42am
WHITE CASTLE, LA (NBC33) — Children and adults from White Castle all came together Monday, July 22 in honor of Trayvon Martin.
A little over two weeks ago, George Zimmerman was found not guilty for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin back in February of 2012. This national debate over guns, self-defense and race has been stirring up communities all over and White Castle is no exception.
Dozens of people marched in unity Monday, which was a first for the community of White Castle.
"It is a peaceful march, but it’s something to bring us together," said Pastor Frank Jones.
Pastor Frank Jones and Mayor Gerald Jemarr Williams found a need to get their city involved in this heated national debate.
"When that verdict came down it really alarmed us again," states Pastor Jones.
George Zimmerman is an innocent man according to the state of Florida but now this small community is speaking out on behalf of Trayvon Martin.
"This is to make all children of any color more aware of how fast situations can happen and how easy trouble is to get into," said White Castle resident, Sharmel Lewis.
They are not only voicing their concern with the verdict but sending a message to each other as well.
"We want to unify our youth and expose them to positive things and let them know because of what happened in Florida,” noted Jones. “It is a wakeup call but it should be an alert to let them know that the way we conduct ourselves can be impressionable, draw attention or deter attention from them.”
Sharmel Lewis is a mother. She sees Monday nights march as a message to her son, to help him realize that life can sometimes be cut short.
"It’s also a message about how fast your life can be taken away from you," said Lewis.
The group ended their night by discussing the importance of coming together. The city hopes to do more events like this march and vigil to help get other important messages across.