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Trayvon Martin: L.A. march planned to honor slain Florida teen

March 22, 2012 |  7:34 am

Trayvon martinA march is scheduled Thursday evening in Leimert Park to protest the killing of Trayvon Martin, a black teen shot last month in Florida.

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.

In Manhattan's Union Square, hundreds of people marched in memory of the slain teenager in a so-called Million Hoodie March on Wednesday, including Trayvon's parents. Trayvon, 17, was wearing a hooded sweat shirt when he was killed while walking back from a store, where he had bought some candy and a drink.

"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