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Stop the Hate rally at Ely Square on Monday


ELYRIA — A local woman outraged by the not-guilty verdict handed down by a Florida jury in the Trayvon Martin case is organizing a local rally.

Heather Zimmer, 26, of Elyria said she has looked to no avail for a local rally in response to the verdict, but could not find one in the county.

“So, I just decided to start my own,” she said. “I just want people to come together as a community.”

The Stop the Hate and Violence rally will be 1 p.m. Monday at Ely Square. Zimmer will speak along with DeJonna Parker, a community member.

“I attended the hoodie rally when Trayvon was first killed,” Zimmer said. “I wanted to know when we were going to speak out now. Someone has to have a voice and stand for something they believe in. I know a lot of people who say, ‘Let it go because the case is over,’ but I can’t.”

Zimmer has a 2-year-old son and said she can’t imagine losing her son in a similar situation.

“I want him to grow up to be a good person, but what happens when you are caught in the wrong place at the wrong time? Anything can happen,” she said.

The verdict resolved the racially tinged Feb. 26, 2012, fatal shooting of the 17-year-old Martin, who was walking in a Florida gated community. George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch member who shot Trayvon, was eventually charged with murder, but acquitted by a jury of six women.

For more information on the rally, call Zimmer at (440) 420-6722.

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