ATLANTA (AP) — The shooting death of Trayvon Martin is reverberating in Georgia with shows of support for his family at Sunday church services, calls for legislative action and plans for protests.
Churches across Georgia held “Hoodie Sunday” services to honor Martin, the unarmed 17-year-old who was killed by a Florida neighborhood watch captain while returning from a convenience store.
Many of the more than 500 worshippers gathered Sunday at Ebenezer Baptist Church sported hoodies like the one Martin wore February when he was shot.
Rev. Raphael Warnock compared Martin to Emmett Till, whose 1955 lynching helped define the civil rights movement.
Activists also plan to rally Monday at the Georgia statehouse to urge lawmakers to repeal a law that gives people latitude to use deadly force rather than retreat during a fight.