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San Diegans rally for justice of Trayvon Martin

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Protesters planned to gather in City Heights and at Balboa Park Sunday in response to George Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

The "San Diego Stand with Trayvon Martin Rally," scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Highland Park was one of several events planned following the verdict that was announced Saturday.

Trayvon Martin supporters spent the day handing out flyers, trying to get the word out about Sunday's rally.

Latoria Williams knew she was going to spend her Sunday like this. The Zimmerman verdict didn't surprise her at all.

"I was quite saddened, I was speechless for a while, it actually brought me to tears," said Williams. "I'm sorry -- but if this had been a Caucasian 17-year-old boy, I really do think we would have had a different outcome."

She was one of a handful of people organizing the Stand With Trayvon Martin Rally. For her, yesterday's verdict came down to race.

"When you're walking brown or black, there are a lot of young men who are being targeted. Yesterday's verdict gave a pass for many Americans...it's like open season on African American and Latino men...and enough is enough."

For Cecile Estelle, it was all about accountability.

"Frankly I wasn't surprised at the verdict at all, I think this is just another example of injustice of racialized crime in this country," said Estelle.

She referred to the local case of Victor Ortega, a 31-year-old domestic violence suspect who was shot by police last year after allegedly trying to grab an officer's gun.

Part of their rally was aimed at the officer involved in that case, who she thinks should be charged. The district attorney said the officer was justified in the shooting.

"I think the community needs to come together and we need to talk about how to hold local city governments accountable. So when these crimes do happen there's justice served," she said.

Across the country supporters of Trayvon Martin are holding rallies.

His uncle asked everyone to stay calm, "We're telling our people to remain peaceful."

That wasn't the case in Oakland where a group of protesters blocked traffic and smashed a cop cars windshield.

Sunday's rally isn't expected to be anything like that. Organizers are hoping peace is the cornerstone of their protest.

At 7:30 p.m., "A Time for Healing Candle Vigil for Trayvon Martin" will be held at the Balboa Park fountain off Park Boulevard. The event is hosted by the San Diego NAACP and She is Soul.

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