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Thousands of people are expected to converge on Sanford, Florida today to make the 1-month anniversary of the slaying of Trayvon Martin.

The teen was shot to death February 26th as he walked to the home of his father’s fiancee, after being followed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, 28. His death has sparked a national conversation about the profiling of young black men. And calls for Zimmerman’s arrest have spread both nation- and worldwide.

The NAACP of West Palm Beach has planned a bus caravan to Sanford, where thousands are expected at a regularly scheduled city council meeting, at which Trayvon’s parents are expected to speak.

Meanwhile, a friend of Zimmerman’s, former TV reporter Joe Oliver, 53, has stepped forward to defend him saying Zimmerman “couldn’t stop crying” for days after the shooting, and insisting that the gunman acted in self-defense.

That argument seems unlikely to persuade Martin’s family and their supporters, who are continuing to demand an arrest in the case, or even a federal prosecution for a hate crime.

More than 1 million people have signed a Martin family petition calling for Zimmerman’s arrest and the case has attracted celebrity attention.

Read more at thegrio.com

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