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Hundreds of protesters join Trayvon Martin’s mom at rally

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More than 1,000 people gathered outside NYPD headquarters, Saturday afternoon, to protest George Zimmerman's not-guilty verdict. But for a group of those protesters, the day began with a more intimate pre-rally rally in Harlem.

"My son died without even knowing who his killer was," Trayvon martin's mother Sabrina Fulton said at that gathering, "without even knowing who murdered him."

Fulton told a national radio audience and a room filled with sympathizers of her grief, her resolve and her hopes for the future.

"Trayvon was no burglar," she said. "He had a drink and some candy."

Rev. Al Sharpton, whose National Action Network hosted the gathering, vowed to work to get the feds to press civil rights charges against Zimmerman and to do away with the so-called stand your ground law.

"Some got angry and had a fit," Sharpton said. "Others of us are getting ready for a fight."

Sharpton, Fulton and the Harlem crowd then took their House of Justice on the road, rallying for the same cause in front of the federal buildings downtown. There, in sweltering heat with Beyonce and Jay-Z, onlookers echoed the nation's president, from the day before.

"Trayvon Martin could've been me 35 years ago," Obama said at that news conference.

"I think that it was very important for him to step out and take a position like that," Joyce Taylor said.

"I feel like this is an injustice," Anthony Soto said. "I feel like [for] Black and Latino youth, everyone thinks we're dangerous and everyone wants to kill us for no reason."

"I just feel a lot of times I go to stores and I'm profiled," Samuel Nesbitt said. "They feel I'm about to rob something and I have money in my pocket. Sometimes I'm sad about that."

"It could've been any of our children," Michelle Aubin said.

More than 100 cities across the country held similar rallies at the same hour.

"We're coming to denounce violence," Sharpton said, "the violence that was perpetrated on an unarmed young man."

Fulton said she wanted to move on from the verdict and ensure what happened to Martin never happened again.

"I stand with New York," she said, "because New York stands with me."

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