CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Hundreds of hoodies filled Marion Square on Tuesday night. They were showing support for 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, the teen shot and killed in Florida.
A local college student organized Tuesday's candlelight vigil and said he is praying for more than Martin. With candles lit and hoodies up, about 200 people in Marion Square prayed for the life of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin.
"First and foremost, please remember the family of Trayvon Martin," said a speaker at the vigil. "No language can describe what a son's worth is."
Martin was shot and killed on the way home from the store by a neighborhood watch volunteer. Tuesday's vigil in Charleston was to call attention to what organizers call an injustice.
"Kids like Trayvon don't get shot down in America," one organizer said. "That's what I believe."
"What he did was wrong, point blank," another person said. "I don't care what anybody says, but the simple fact that the act he committed, he's not being punished for it."
The admitted shooter, George Zimmerman, has not been charged or arrested because of Florida's stand your ground law.
"This stand your ground law and the more I hear about it maybe Trayvon was the one standing his ground," said Paul Garbarini, who wore a hoodie in support Tuesday. "I think injustice needs to be spoken up for, that's why I'm here."
"If I'm innocent and I'm not doing anything how do I know it's not going to happen to me too?" asked Danielle Major. "You never know."
Other supporters say they see their own children in the face of Trayvon Martin.
"I have a son of my own," said Latoyia Fulse. "With the way everything is going on these days you need a support system as a community as a whole as parents we all share the same love for our children, so not personally knowing him, I wanted to come out and support him."
The organizer of the vigil says Tuesday's event is a prelude to the Million Hoodie March planned for Wednesday. The march is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. in Marion Square and they plan to end at the courthouse. Members of Occupy Charleston are organizing the Million Hoodie March.