FAMU Holds Vigil for Trayvon Martin

Tallahassee, FL -- March 26, 2012 --

A different tone was set Monday evening at the eternal flame on the campus of FAMU; one of prayer and one of understanding.

"You get an opportunity [to see] people's perspectives and to really see the variety of perspectives even within the African-American community," FAMU student Michael Jefferson said.

Students that spoke at the vigil talked about a lot of underlying issues in the case including racial-profiling.

Justice for Trayvon Martin lies in defining or defying all of the stereotypes, defying all of the profiles that are made about young black men."

"We have a black president but even with a black president we're still not equal," FAMU student Lou Jean-Baptiste said. "Equality is not as free as they make it seem."

Many of the students who attend the university are only a couple of years older than Trayvon. That's why many take the story to heart and want closure for Martin's family.

"Trayvon could have been my brother. Could have been anybody in the circle's brother."

A recent CNN poll said that 73% of those surveyed believe George Zimmerman should be arrested.

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  • by M on Mar 28, 2012 at 08:49 AM
    These people will look mighty foolish if the evidence points to Trayvon as the agressor and the culprit of the altercation.
  • by Black flag on Mar 27, 2012 at 10:24 AM
    I just love how all these racist black people cry out to have a non-black person arrested when there isn't enough evidence to make an arrest, but when a black person gets injured, killed, or arrested for a reason (enough evidence to support the fact) it's wrong.
  • by L Location: Tallahassee on Mar 27, 2012 at 07:46 AM
    Where is the concern for Robert Champion? Any arrests on that case? Where is the outrage? Where is Sharpton? Where is Jesse Jackson?
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      by Black flag on Mar 27, 2012 at 10:18 AM in reply to L
      There wasn't a white person involved.
  • by Funny on Mar 27, 2012 at 07:06 AM
    The reason there is no arrest on the Robert cast is because there was 56 students on a bus they have to figure out what happen. there is so many storys and events that took place how can you arrest someone and dnt no who to arrest. in the martin cast they no who did the killing.
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      by M on Mar 28, 2012 at 08:49 AM in reply to Funny
      Why are the browns not demanding that all 56 students be arrested until the investigation is over? That is what is being demanded of Zimmerman.
  • by Jump me and see what you get on Mar 27, 2012 at 06:28 AM
    All you whining about how he was just a kid?!! That "kid" was 6'3" and 200lbs. Many a young man his age have killed and attacked people. If Zimmerman had been the one killed in this attack you limp wristers wouldnt care on drop. 17 is no little Erkle chess nerd. I know It wasn't that long ago I was 17 and myself had been in several street fights, some of them with grown men. He was not some boyscout out helping old ladies across the road and looking to get a merit badge. I feel Zimmerman had every right in the world to ask this "kid" "little angel" what he was doing in this gated community. All Tra had to say was "I'm visiting Mrs_______ with my father. Instead Tray decided to be a big man and jump someone. You put yourself in a mans shoes and you have to carry the responsibilities and consequences. Jump me for asking you a question and see if you don't get the same treatment! Bet you do! He wasn't shot in the back while running away, he was shot at close range. RIP Slim. No more punching bus drivers either.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 27, 2012 at 05:17 AM
    whe's the vigil for every soilder who dies fighting for this country?? I understand everyone wanting justice but look at Robert Champion...one of your own. Your priorities are so screwed up when it comes to things like this.
  • by STEVE on Mar 27, 2012 at 04:42 AM
    WCTV quote::"A recent CNN poll said that 73% of those surveyed believe George Zimmerman should be arrested." Shouldn't Robert Champions killers be arrested? Seems it is OK for black to kill black.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 27, 2012 at 06:50 AM in reply to STEVE
      73% of people are morons.
  • by Darned Shame on Mar 27, 2012 at 04:26 AM
    I think that it is a darned shame that no adults care enough about these FAMU kids to have been there to explain to them that they get treated according to how they act. That they get "profiled" based on reality - based on their day to day behavior. That expecting to be gifted respect is completely unrealistic. Yes, it is a darned shame that none of the adults in their lives care enough about them to explain the difference between fantasy and reality. . . . no doubt that is the white man's fault too.
  • by not right on Mar 27, 2012 at 04:20 AM
    So when is the vigil for Robert Champion scheduled? There's no difference here. Both were murdered, no suspect has been arrested, everyone knows who did it. How is that you get to select what case gets the attention and who doesn't?
  • by tallyguy2 Location: Tallahassee on Mar 27, 2012 at 04:17 AM
    In light of the new evidence and a new witness, I think you will see that the percentage of those crying for Zimmerman to be arrested will drop. I fail to see why the judicial system cannot be left alone to do it's job without the emotional speeches from people like Sharpton and Jackson, and the threts being made by the "new" Black Panthers. If Martin did in fact attack Zimmerman, under the current laws, he is safe to use force up to and including deadly force. Now they want to change the law after the incident. All of the people involved need to step back a few paces and let the system work. If he is found not to have used the force properly, he will be arrested. If he did in fact fear for his life or great bodily harm, he was justified. by the way, anyone else think it is strange that Martin's Mother applied for a trademark with the US patent Office through her attorney to trademark the catch phrases that are being used???? WHY???
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      by Anonymous on Mar 27, 2012 at 08:03 AM in reply to tallyguy2
      Actually, Z's account (he was retreating when attacked, after which retreat was not possible) would have merited self-defense under the old law -- the newer stand your ground concepts will have no bearing on the case. Yet another irony...
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