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Thousands in Philly join Million Hoodie March

Source : AP
Last Updated: Sat, Mar 24, 2012 02:00 hrs

Thousands of people have marched in Philadelphia to support the family of an unarmed black teenager shot to death by a neighborhood watch captain in Florida.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports (http://bit.ly/GXQAvj ) the Million Hoodie March started Friday at 7:17 p.m., the time police found Trayvon Martin's body in Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26. Many participants wore hoodies in support of Martin, who was wearing one when he died.

Police say the march started with 2,500 people but grew as it proceeded through downtown. Final police crowd estimates ranged from 5,000 to 8,000.

No arrests were reported.

Groups gathered in New York and Miami on Wednesday to voice outrage over the shooting.

Neighborhood crime watch captain George Zimmerman says he shot Martin in self-defense. He hasn't been arrested. His father is white; his mother is Hispanic.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.philly.com




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