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Highlights From The Trayvon Martin Prayer Vigil In Los Angeles

With insights from a 9-year-old black lady.

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For the second night in a row a group of over two hundred people gathered in Leimert Park in Los Angeles to mourn the death of Trayvon Martin and protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman. Religious speakers and activists from South Central Los Angeles rallied the peaceful crowd, and a nine-year-old girl named Thandiwe Abdullah brought them to tears.

A couple of hours after the vigil ended, the LAPD declared the thinned out assembly at Leimert Park to be unlawful and demanded the crowd disperse. A splinter group of younger protestors spilled out on to Crenshaw Blvd and clashed with riot-gear clad police officers.

Below are pictures of Monday's early evening vigil paired with parts of Abdullah's impromptu speech to the crowd.


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