Gainesville family holds candlelight vigil for Trayvon Martin

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GAINESVILLE, TX-George Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin touched off hundreds of protests and vigils across the country.

In Los Angeles, a protest turned violent after hundreds of people wandered off from a peaceful rally and began breaking windows then stormed the local Wal-Mart. Fourteen people were arrested.

In Houston, hundreds marched to protest the verdict--at one point blocking traffic. During the rally, protesters even pushed a casket behind a hearse.

Tuesday in Texoma, a Gainesville family put on a candlelight vigil hoping to reach out to those affected by Trayvon Martin's death.

The Franklin family got together for a candlelight vigil to show their support for Martin's family. They said they have been through the same pain because they too lost one of their own.

"Represent getting justice for Trayvon Martin," said Maleigha Martin.

Franklin is one of a dozen people who braved the rain Tuesday for a candlelight vigil in Gainesville. Those who attended wore hoodies as they remembered Martin.
Dorothy Franklin organized the vigil and said she wasn't happy when she heard Zimmerman was found "not guilty" for the shooting death of the 17-year-old.

"I was so hurt. I was so hurt I cried. I have a kid that age and it brought the memory of my niece and all of us were just so upset," she said.

Franklin said her niece, Heather Franklin was shot and killed in Dallas back in 2008. She was 22-years old. Franklin said the suspect, Fernando Zapata, was sentenced to life in prison.

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