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About 40 people attend Valencia vigil for Trayvon Martin

Posted: July 18, 2013 6:48 p.m.
Updated: July 18, 2013 6:48 p.m.

Phillip Jordan of Castaic, one of an estimated 40 attendees, holds up a placard at the corner of McBean Parkway and Valencia Boulevard during a Trayvon Martin vigil in Valencia on Thursday. Signal photo by Dan Watson

Around 40 people lined the corner of McBean Parkway and Valencia Boulevard on Thursday for a vigil and rally to remember Trayvon Martin, a Florida youth who was shot and killed last year.

Attendees waived signs saying, among other things, “Justice 4 Trayvon” and, “Stop gun violence now” as cars passed through the busy intersection near the Westfield Valencia Town Center.

While some of the passing drivers honked in favor of the vigil, several people made their disagreement known. One person driving by yelled, “Go home. This is Santa Clarita.”

The rally was hosted by members of the Santa Clarita Valley faith community, the Democratic Alliance for Action and local members of the NAACP, according to Carole Lutness, the chairwoman of the SCV Fair Elections Committee, who helped organize the event.

“I think we have to realize that we need to come to a place of unity and of reasonable discussion,” Lutness said.

Several attendees carried signs about gun laws or the Trayvon Martin case. George Zimmerman, a Neighborhood Watch volunteer, was found not guilty of murder and manslaughter charges last Saturday after saying he shot Martin in self-defense. Some argue the shooting of Martin, a black teenager, was racially motivated.

“Your fear does not justify killing our children,” read one sign.

Santa Clarita resident Florence Lankford attended the event with her family.

“This was important to us,” she said. “All of our community needs to stand up for equality and justice.”

Lankford’s daughter, Taylor, held a sign that read, “Who’s next?”
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