Statewide News
2:29 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Protests, Vigils Across Ohio After Zimmerman Not-Guilty Verdict

Crowds of people are gathering in Ohio to protest the not-guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman case. As Emily McCord reports, over 50 people in Yellow Springs met last night at a candlelight vigil.

Pastor Derek Weston offered a prayer remembering Trayvon Martin who was shot and killed last February. 

At Gaunt Park in Yellow Springs, people held candles and sang “We Shall Overcome”, but also observed many moments of silence.

“Because Trayvon can’t have died in vain,” says Yellow Springs resident Beth Bridgeman. “He’s not the first young black man to be killed and I’m afraid, I’m worried that he won’t be the last and that’s why we have to work together.”

Protests across the state quickly formed after Saturday’s decision by the Florida jury to acquit George Zimmerman in the death of Martin. In Columbus, two groups marched three times around the Statehouse building to object what they call a miscarriage of justice. Thousands of people in other cities also protested the verdict Sunday and more are still being scheduled.

The Associated Press and Basim Blunt contributed to this report