Many march throughout Albany to protest shooting of Florida teen
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- "He is a human being. He was someone's child. He was a teenager," said Jacqui C. Williams of Albany.
His name was Trayvon Martin and his story has spread to Albany. The unarmed Florida teenager is shot and killed in February. The man who shot him, George Zimmerman, told police he did it in self-defense. On 911 recordings, the neighborhood watch captain described seeing a black teen in a hooded sweat-shirt, acting suspicious.
"To me, I put on a hoodie is when it's too warm for a jacket but it's too cold for just a t-shirt. I don't wear a hoodie to conceal anything. I don't wear a hoodie to hide weapons or drugs or anything like that," said 18-year-old Ali Terry of Albany.
Terry joined a hoard of others in hoodies on Saturday. The group started at City Court and walked towards Henry Johnson Boulevard. "We need to begin to exercise our right for our children to grow up and live uninhibited by other people's fears and anger," said Corrie Terry to the crowd.
Many who walked expressed concern Martin was killed because of the color of his skin. "My son is 24. It could have easily been him, except he's white," said Deb Dennis.
As the marchers made their way throughout downtown Albany with signs, they also carried Skittles and bottles of iced tea. It was meant to symbolize what the 17-year-old was found with when he was shot.
"But don't jump the gun, don't judge a book by it's cover. And please be conscious about how you think about people based on the way they look on the outside," said Ali Terry to the crowd.
Zimmerman has not been charged in Martin's death and the case is still being investigated.