Prayer vigil in Marietta Square for Trayvon Martin | News
MARIETTA, Ga. -- With bowed heads, dozens of members from area churches gathered in Marietta Square to lift up the name of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, the teen shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Florida.
They prayed for Martin's family as the investigation moves forward. They also prayed for the man who shot him and the response his tragic death has sparked across the nation.
The words in one of the first prayers were, "Injustice and hatred have no color, and we can't change anything, but God can."
Many in the crowd were parents and grandparents who said now more than ever their children need to be prayed over.
Carol Buffum carried a picture of her son who is now in the Army.
"When he was 18, 17 and 16 he wore a hoodie, and every day he would go out and I would pray for him and he would come back safely," Buffum said. "I know there's a lot of distrust and misunderstanding and I think we need to address that."
Lakitta Tolbert had a similar reason for attending the prayer vigil.
"I came out today in support of not just what happened to Trayvon but all American youth," Tolbert said. "I think our youth today is surrounded by things that are tragic and we all need to come together as a whole for our youth."