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Shoals group urges peace in wake of Trayvon Martin case

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The group urges to turn anger into something constructive. The group urges to turn anger into something constructive.
Over 100 people attended. Over 100 people attended.
TUSCUMBIA, AL (WAFF) -

Nearly 100 people gathered in Spring Park Friday afternoon for a rally in memory of Trayvon Martin.

Helping the community unite was the stated goal of the rally. Members of the Shoals community wanted to show the country they can share their thoughts in a peaceful way. The group marched around Spring Park and listened to community leaders and pastors spread the word of unity, and a focus on family.

Participants said that the issue is not race, but rather the justice system. They said they want to see Americans take something negative and turn it into something positive. Parents said our future starts at home.

"The purpose inside the home is intervention and teaching," said April Chandler. "We didn't all like the verdict, we are angry about the verdict, but we cannot make it about color. We've got to make it about what's right. Make it about teaching, coming together as one, reaching out and working with kids. Let them know that although this happened, it doesn't have to separate and divide."

The rally wrapped up around 7 p.m. Friday.

Another rally is scheduled to take place at 6 p.m. Saturday evening at Big Spring Park in Huntsville.

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