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March 23, 2012

Georgians protest teenager’s shooting death in Fla.

ATLANTA — More than 100 Atlanta residents attended an early church service and others afterward traveled to Florida to join a rally over the shooting of an unarmed teenager by a neighborhood watch captain.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ( ) reports that residents gathered on Thursday at the First Iconium Baptist Church in southeast Atlanta.

After the service, many boarded buses for the eight-hour ride to Sanford, Fla., for a rally to protest the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Civil rights activists have called for the arrest of the neighborhood watch captain, George Zimmerman, in the Feb. 26 shooting of Martin in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman has not been charged, and has said he shot Martin in self-defense.

Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee who has been bitterly criticized for not arresting Zimmerman decided to temporarily leave his job to let passions cool.

WSB Radio reports ( that Atlanta City Councilman Derrick Boazman is among the leaders of the Atlanta group.

The Georgia protesters plan to join the Rev. Al Sharpton for what’s expected to be a massive rally Thursday night at a church in Sanford.

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