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Rally for shooting victim Trayvon Martin to be held in Nashville

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It's a story that has millions of people outraged. Nearly a month after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot to death in his Florida neighborhood, friends and family are still begging for what they call justice.

At the heart of the issue is a man who claims he shot Martin in self-defense, despite what protestors say. Now, a nationwide movement is coming to Nashville.

"I looked at Trayvon, and I saw my baby brother," said Abena Imani, of Nashville. "I saw my nephew. I saw my cousins. I saw the children I volunteer with."

A radio personality for beatknockinradio.com, and known to listeners as DJ Sweetheart, Imani said she felt it time she use her position. She's staging a Nashville rally Saturday at Bicentennial Mall to support Martin's family and what she calls a grave injustice.

"It could've been right here in Nashville, so I felt really strongly about it," said Imani. "I had a lot of people who also felt strong about it. It got put on my spirit to do this, and I couldn't do anything but."

According to police, Martin was shot and killed in Sanford, FL last month by George Zimmerman. Zimmerman claimed he acted out of self-defense. No charges came against Zimmerman, leading to a nationwide movement.

Students in South Florida schools walked out of class in protest Friday, while President Obama called the shooting a tragedy. With cities including Washington, Detroit and Atlanta all planning rallies for Martin this weekend, Imani wants Nashville to join in.

"Racism is still real," said Imani. "Protection of our children is still real. It's prevalent everywhere, so why not Nashville?"

The rally will be held in the Bicentennial Mall area at noon on Saturday. Imani suggests you wear a hoodie, just as Martin was wearing at the time of the shooting.

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