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Vigil held for Trayvon Martin in New York City

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

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.

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