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Teen: 'Sanford is trying to rebuild right now'

10:02 PM, Jul 11, 2013   |    comments
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SANFORD, Fla. -- The names of other young men who have been killed in the community are listed on the memorial for Trayvon Martin and people here are working hard to see that no other names get added.

One program in particular helps young men get off the street and into jobs that uplift Sanford.

"This is still my first week."

Leander Wickham is still learning the ropes at the community center.

He got the job through the Front Porch program that helps find jobs for young men.

He was immediately drawn to the artwork of Martin on the walls.

"It's a good tribute to a young man we lost in Sanford. And it's a learning experience for us as a community," Wickham said.

He said watching the trial has made things worse around town.

"Sanford is trying to rebuild right now. There's no room for any more errors. And I don't want Sanford to go down more than it already is," he said.

He called the impending verdict a lose-lose, and says he worries there will be a violent reaction either way.

"Emotions are high in Sanford right now, and we really don't need another dead body," he said.

That's why he's working at the community center, and in the town. To uplift Sanford, and make it a safe place for his family.

"I want my baby brother to go to school in a safe environment where he can grow up safe like I did," Wickham said.

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