Trayvon Martin - eight days before his death. He is 17 years old in these pictures.
(Photo: Family photo)
SANFORD, Fla. -- It's a hashtag now on Twitter: #KeepCalmForTravyon, something Martin's parents insist on and have since the beginning of the trial.
"We ask that the community continues to stay peaceful as we place our faith in the justice system. And we ask that the community do the same," Tracy Martin said.
First Coast News spoke with Pastor R.L. Gundy with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Gundy said more violence will not help the issue.
"There must be peace and not war, there must be light and not darkness, there must be love and not hate," Gundy said. "Rioting is not the answer, we can peaceful protest, okay. But not rioting, not hurting other people"
Police departments across the state are preparing for whatever the verdict might be. Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Shannon Hartley said officers are trained to respond if they need to to any incident large or small.
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said, "We don't have information about a specific event that might take place at the conclusion of the trial, but we encourage everyone to keep any protests peaceful."
He even put out a Public Service Announcement urging people to not let their emotions take over.
The PSA said: "Let it roll off your shoulders like water off your back. Don't lack composure because in one instance it could be over. So lets make the choice to raise your voice and not your hands."
The Boca Raton Police Department re-tweeted a post from Reverend Eddy Gervais that said "New hash tag for the month please pass it on! For the sake of our nation, especially for Florida. #keepCALMforTRAYVON"
First Coast News put a call into the Sanford Police Department to see how they have prepared. I am still waiting for a call back.
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