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Vigil today in Palm Bay to honor Trayvon Martin

7:49 AM, Feb 5, 2013   |    comments
Yvonne and husband David Jenkins of Titusville bow their heads in prayer for Trayvon Martin as people pack the Greater St. Paul Baptist Church in Cocoa in December. / Florida Today File photo
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A candlelight vigil and prayer service is set for Tuesday in Palm Bay to remember the life of Trayvon Martin, a teenager shot and killed last year in Sanford.

Fathers Stand Up Corporation, which is seeking a nonprofit designation from the IRS, is planning the event on the day that would have been the teen's 18th birthday.

"In memory and respect, those across Brevard who were touched by the tragedy of his death will join the community of Palm Bay to remember him, his family and friends in a special prayer and showing of community strength and understanding," a press release from the organization reads.

Martin, 17, was shot and killed on Feb. 26, 2012 in a Sanford neighborhood. The accused shooter, George Zimmerman, is charged with second-degree murder.

People are invited to gather as early as 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Palm Bay City Hall, 120 Malabar Road SE. The brief vigil will begin about 6:15 p.m.

Guests are encouraged to bring their own candles.

Fathers Stand Up promotes family development through classes and programs. For more information, visit


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