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DC Crowd Calls For Justice For Trayvon Martin

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People attend a demonstration in DC to demand justice for Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black Florida teenager shot to death by a white volunteer guard on February 26. The suspect in the shooting, George Zimmerman, told police he shot Martin in self-defense while working as a neighborhood watch captain. Critics say 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot in the chest for being young and black in a gated community where he was not wanted, rather than because he did anything wrong. (credit:NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

People attend a demonstration in DC to demand justice for Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black Florida teenager shot to death by a white volunteer guard on February 26. The suspect in the shooting, George Zimmerman, told police he shot Martin in self-defense while working as a neighborhood watch captain. Critics say 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot in the chest for being young and black in a gated community where he was not wanted, rather than because he did anything wrong. (credit:NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Demonstrators in the nation’s capital expressed outrage Saturday over the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a neighborhood watch captain in Florida.

A large crowd gathered in Washington’s Freedom Plaza to call for justice in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was killed Feb. 26 in the Florida town of Sanford. George Zimmerman, who graduated from high school in Manassas, Va., was a neighborhood crime-watch captain who claimed self-defense and has not been charged in the shooting. State and federal authorities are investigating.

The case has sparked national anger and protests. President Barack Obama weighed in Friday, calling the shooting a tragedy and saying, “When I think about this boy, I think about my own kids.”

Among the demonstrators Saturday was Jimmy Neal, a D.C. resident who said he’s received questions from his daughter that he didn’t want to answer.

“She’s asked me the question … ‘Why, daddy, when he was carrying candy and a soda or iced tea and why did the man kill him?’ I had to explain that to her. And those are discussions you don’t plan to have with your kids,” Neal said.

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