When Kelly Ingram heard about the death of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old black boy who was shot and killed in a gated neighborhood, despite being unarmed, her heart went out. She organized a “One for All Hoodie March” through downtown Naperville.
“It’s for justice for Trayvon and his family, and also to let towns around our town know that this type of violence is not going to be tolerated,” she said.
Martin was killed on February 26 in Sanford, Florida. He was shot by George Zimmerman, captain of the neighborhood watch, who found Martin suspicious. Zimmerman claims he pulled the trigger in self-defense and has not yet been arrested.
Martin’s death has sparked outrage across the country. Several marches have been held nationwide.
“It doesn’t affect just one generation, or one race, it affects every person,” said Cindy Sheridan, a Naperville resident.
Ingram got the word out through Facebook and word of mouth. The marchers included members of the DuPage County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, or the NAACP.
“People just don’t treat people fair,” said Bessie Smith, First Vice President. “They look at the color of your skin and they think, ‘Well, there comes a hoodlum. There comes a burglar.’ That’s the first thing they think about us black people and that’s wrong.”
Several of the marchers wore their hoods up, in honor of what Trayvon Martin was wearing when he was killed. More than 100 people came to the event, and they ranged in age and race.
“It’s good that this many people came,” said Olivia Denk, a Downers Grove resident.
“I came out here today because it’s something that needed to be done,” said Tyrone Roberts, an Aurora resident. “People need to speak up.”
“I’m here, just coming out showing support, and standing for justice and equality for all,” said Joseph Talton, an Aurora resident.
“I heard about it on the internet and it was pretty horrible, how it happened, and I don’t know, I just felt like it was kind of a gutless murder,” said Max Denk, a Downers Grove resident.
The group started at Centennial Beach, walked through downtown and a surrounding neighborhood, before returning to the beach and urging the crowd to never forget Trayvon Martin.
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