Lowcountry vigil, march set for Trayvon Martin

(Photo: MGN)
(Photo: MGN)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The movement calling for justice for Trayvon Martin has spread across the country and right here in the Lowcountry.

A vigil will be held in Marion Square on the corner of King and Calhoun in downtown on Tuesday. It will start at sundown which will be around 7:30 p.m.

The Facebook page created for the event says the purpose "is to extend condolences to Martin's family and to demand justice."

A usual day for barbershop owner Michael Williams means he gets paid to cut hair but for one day only that's going to change.

"It's 2012, we have to stop the senseless violence. It's just getting too much, it's just too much," said Williams.

Williams and all of the barbers at A Cut Above in Summerville plan to cut hair for free on Tuesday from 9a.m. to 7p.m, to draw attention to the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

A month ago Martin was walking home at night when he was shot by a neighborhood watchman. The shooter George Zimmerman told Florida police he followed Martin looked because he looked suspicious. Questions surrounding what took place that night are still un-answered.

"That could have been my little cousin, my little brother he could have been someone related to me, a member of my church. So, I wanted to do something. Not enough was getting done in the situation," said Wiliams.

Williams said the lack of justice in this case made him want to raise money for the Martin Family, he hopes people will donate to them in exchange for the hair cut.

On Wednesday, another event will take place called "The Million Hoodie March" which is also planned for Marion Square.

It's expected to begin at 5 p.m. and those who attend are encouraged to wear a hooded sweatshirt or jacket.

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