Thousands of people marched through downtown Indianapolis Monday in memory and support of Trayvon Martin, the African-American teenager who was killed in his neighborhood a month ago. The 17-year-old was shot and killed in Sanford, Florida, by a neighborhood watch volunteer last month.
Martin was unarmed, and his death has since sparked protests around the country and the state with people calling for the prosecution of his alleged killer. Indianapolis resident Emily Caldwell helped organized the Indianapolis march via Facebook. She says it was her children that spurred her to action.
“My kids said, ‘Mom, is there something going on?’ And when I looked, I didn’t see anything. And so they said, ‘Oh, you just going to wait for someone else to do it?’ And they said, ‘Make it happen,’” she says.
Reports surfaced Monday that Martin may have attacked his killer prior to the shooting. But Caldwell says the rally is a show of support that addresses an issue that is larger than any isolated incident.
“My black sons – their lives are valuable too,” she says. “And I’m sick of tired of wondering if they’re going to come home to me when I send them out to play.”
Other demonstrations around the state include one in Bloomington last Saturday and a rally planned in South Bend later this week.