Passion over Trayvon Martin killing still strong

(CBS News) MIAMI - In Florida, another rally today drew thousands of people around the cause of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teenager shot near Orlando in late February.

CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano reports that, five weeks after Martin was killed, his parents joined thousands of people in Miami demanding justice for his death. Michael Sweeting brought his young family to the rally. He worries what happened to martin could happen to his own son.

"I look at him and I can't even imagine something like that happening," Sweeting said.

The case has sparked questions nationwide about whether race played a role in the killing.

Martin, an unarmed black teenager, was walking home in Sanford, Florida, when a neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman shot and killed him.

Zimmerman says it was self-defense. But Martin's family does not accept his story.

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Activists yesterday marched on the Sanford Police Department, demanding Zimmerman be jailed. NAACP President Ben Jealous organized the rally.

"People have grown tired and are frustrated with seeing him go free, not be charged, not be locked up, not be brought to justice," Jealous said.

The passions stirred up in the wake of Martin's killing, show no signs of subsiding.

"I will attend as much rallies as I can, because this is something that will continue and continue until we get justice," Romer said.

A Florida special prosecutor has begun her investigation saying she will have no comment until its complection. The fbi is also investigating.

  • Elaine Quijano

    Elaine Quijano was named a CBS News correspondent in January 2010. Quijano reports for "CBS This Morning" and the "CBS Evening News," and contributes across all CBS News platforms. She is based in New York.

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