Trayvon Martin: L.A. march planned to honor slain Florida teen
The event is set to start at 5.
The shooter, George Zimmerman, described as both Latino and white, has not been arrested, sparking outrage throughout the nation. A neighborhood watch volunteer, Zimmerman said he was acting in self-defense.
The Rev. Al Sharpton was also due to lead a rally in Trayvon's hometown, Sanford, Fla., on Thursday, and the city was planning for hundreds and possibly thousands of people at a special meeting Monday night to focus on the case.
"We're not going to stop until we get justice," said the teenager's father, Tracy Martin, after thanking the crowd in New York, which chanted, "We want arrests!" according to the Associated Press.
"My son did not deserve to die," the teen's mother, Sybrina Fulton, told the crowd, the Associated Press reported. "My heart is in pain, but to see the support of all of you really makes a difference."
-- Anna Gorman in L.A. and Tina Susman in New York
Photo: Trayvon Martin, in an undated photo, was killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who said he was acting in self-defense. Credit: Martin Family