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Local events tied to Trayvon Martin shooting death

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Posted at 7:42 AM, Mar 22, 2012
and last updated 2012-03-22 07:45:47-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - Vigils, remembrances, and protests have sprung up across the country following the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Thursday, two such events are planned.

Students at Virginia State University are planning a rally on campus Thursday morning, saying they are demanding justice.

Thursday evening a candlelight vigil is being planned at Richmond's African Burial Ground in Shockoe Bottom.

Trayvon Martin was unarmed when he was shot by a neighborhood watch captain last month.

At a large rally in New York on Wednesday, hundreds of people showed up demanding justice. Many in the crowd of demonstrators were wearing hooded sweatshirts in solidarity with the teenager. They want the man who fired the shots arrested, and want changes made to Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law which allows people to use deadly force if they feel threatened.

Wednesday night, CBS News reports city leaders in Sanford, Florida voted "no confidence" in their police chief. So far, no charges have been filed.

The man who fired the shots, George Zimmerman  grew up in Manassas in Northern Virginia, reports WUSA9. He was a 2001 graduate of Osbourn High School before he moved to Florida.