Prayer service held for Trayvon Martin in Miami
The Trayvon Martin Foundation, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin gathered Saturday for a "Community Program of Peace, Justice and Prayer."
The event began at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 1 at the Bethel Apostolic Temple, located at 1855 Northwest 119th Street in Miami.
"We pray for the judge, the jury and the family," said the pastor.
Hundreds of people were turning to a higher power through prayer and song in the name of peace and justice in the Trayvon Martin case.
"We are asking the community to remain peaceful," said event spokeswoman Kim McCray.
Martin's accused killer, George Zimmerman, is preparing to go on trial June 10 in Seminole County.
"When Zimmerman confronted Trayvon, it became a civil rights issue right then and there," said Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump.
"Sabrina and Tracy, we got your back," said McCray.
Martin's parents, Sabrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, and his older brother Javaris were assured continued support by members of the Bethel Apostolic Temple.
"Maybe you can't make it up to Sanford, but prayer can be there," said the pastor. "We come together praying for this family."
Others in the community at large also gathered during this program of Peace, Justice and Prayer, organized by the Trayvon Martin Foundation, established to create awareness of how crime impacts the families of victims.
"You don't understand how this will help us to go on," said Fulton. "You don't understand. I stand here as a mom, my heart hurting, but I know God will work this out."
"It's supposed to get easier the more you do this," said Tracy Martin. "I know God gives the toughest battles to the toughest soldiers."
"They took their grief and turned it into advocacy," said McCray.
"It's going to be a long trial, two to three weeks just to pick the jury," said Crump. "The parents will be in Seminole County."
During the service, many questions were also addressed and answers given by the Martin family attorneys about the Zimmerman case and about the legal process.
"Make this trial about the evidence," said Martin family attorney Natalie Jackson.
"He's all our son, but it could also be your son, so we've all got to stand up for justice," said Crump.
"I know Trayvon is looking down on us and he's smiling," Fulton said.