WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Wake Forest law students made up the more than 100 people who showed up for an on-campus vigil to remember Trayvon Martin Monday night.
Martin, 17, was shot and killed one month ago Monday by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. Zimmerman thought Martin looked suspicious, confronted him and shot him in the chest. Zimmerman told police he shot Martin in self-defense.
Event organizer Ruth Tisdale said there is so much outrage within the African-American community over the shooting. She said, as a law student, she wants to educate people on what the laws are and to inspire people to call for change.
"It's not just a case of one neighborhood watchman. It's a cyclical problem that we
really need to fix," Tisdale said.
"In this case it's clear that what's happened is a tragedy, and it involves a sort of racial bias that I think we're going to see uncovered even more fully in the months ahead," said Ana Maria Gonzalez-Hall, sociology professor.
There was also a petition for people to sign calling on a Florida district attorney to prosecute Zimmerman.