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Nationwide Rallies Demand Justice for Trayvon

7/22/2013, 4:23 p.m.
The parents of Trayvon Martin joined thousands of Americans at more than 100 scheduled vigils in cities nationwide demanding Saturday ...
Citizens gather outside of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Building in downtown Atlanta, GA, Saturday, July 20, 2013 for a 'Justice for Trayvon' Rally. (Photo by CNN).

"We admire the president for stepping up and doing that because it sends a message to the world that this could have been anybody's child and there's no exceptions as to whose child it could have been," he said. "We have to do something to corral the senseless violence."

Martin predicted he would never recover from the death, but said, "We're moving forward now."

During his remarks to the crowd, Martin teared up, saying about his son, "He did nothing wrong and we're not going to let them persecute him the way that they have."

In New York, Trayvon Martin's mother Sybrina Fulton was to be joined by her surviving son Jahvaris Fulton and the Rev. Al Sharpton. "God is healing my heart this very moment," Sybrina Fulton said in a tweet. "But as I watch so many people come together, he reminds me that we have a lot of work to do."

Sharpton and the National Action Network are urging the Justice Department to consider criminal civil rights charges against Zimmerman.

In Los Angeles, where violence broke out after the verdict in Zimmerman's favor, the tone was upbeat and peaceful on Saturday. Hundreds of people had assembled by 9 a.m. outside the federal courthouse to underscore their message "that, as a community, we need to come together and we need to support justice for Trayvon," said Donna Wade, one of the demonstrators. "That we need to do it in a peaceful manner."

Journalist David Simpson contributed to this report.