Crowd reflects on Trayvon Martin at Union Baptist

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In this undated family photo, Trayvon Martin poses for a family photo. (AP Photo/HO, Martin Family Photos)

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Who killed Trayvon Martin isn’t important, the Rev. John Mendez told a crowd of 2,000 who gathered for a forum and candlelight vigil at Union Baptist Church on Tuesday night.

What’s more important, Mendez said, is the mentality that led to the 17-year-old’s death.

“It is a question of what killed Trayvon,” Mendez said. “What is the mindset of someone like (George) Zimmerman? It’s represents a fascist mentality that is further exacerbated by racism.”

Many people wore hooded sweatshirts and jackets, similar to the one worn by Martin the night he was shot to death by Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain. The shirts have become a symbol of the outrage over Martin’s killing.

The majority of the people who attended the forum at the church on Trade Street were black, but some whites attended as well.

This article was written by John Hinton and originally published by The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read the full story.

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