NEW YORK (AP) — Trayvon Martin's family has marked the anniversary of his shooting death with a candlelight vigil in New York City.
Martin's parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, were joined by actor Jamie Foxx and a crowd of about 200 Tuesday evening in Union Square Park. They lit candles and held a moment of silence at 7:17 p.m., the time Martin was fatally shot Feb. 26, 2012.
The 17-year-old unarmed black teenager was killed by neighborhood watch leader George Zimmerman after the two got into a confrontation in a gated Florida community. Civil rights leaders said that if Martin had been white, Zimmerman would have been arrested immediately. He was arrested weeks later.
Zimmerman says he acted in self-defense.
Martin's shooting set off a national outcry over race issues and stand-your-ground laws.