Trayvon Martin Protesters Gather in Bryan

By: Nicole Morten Email
By: Nicole Morten Email

It's a controversial end to a very controversial crime. Since Florida prosecutors acquitted George Zimmerman of his second-degree murder charges in the fatal shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin -- hundreds of protests across the nation erupted.

At the intersection of Texas and William Joel Bryan, you'll see courage comes in all genders, sounds, religious beliefs, and colors.

"Justice for Trayvon!" screamed protest organizer and Bryan resident Karyna Ward.

And Karyna Ward says justice should too.

“I believe that the Zimmerman verdict was not right at all and we have to take a stand as the people,” said Ward. “This has affected so many people across America and we need to take a stand, not just whites, not just blacks, but we as a people need to take a stand because this will never change unless we take a stand together.”

“A neighborhood watch guy saw a black young man wearing a hoodie sweat-shirt and automatically alarm bells go up. And that shouldn't be in our society,” said Dominick Ortega, who stopped in the gas station after driving by the protest. Why do you want to racially profile someone? What if I go in your neighborhood and I'm all tattooed, are you going to profile me?”

Even though the turnout wasn't what she expected this morning – she says it’s a start.

"We want justice!" screamed Ward to drivers passing through the intersection. "It was rather discouraging because I posted on Facebook and we've only got three or four people, but it's all for a good cause and if we can gather some attention, we can have the whole city standing for what we all believe."

Friday morning her presence garnered a lot of attention, turned a lot of heads and attracted support from both sides of the fence.

“You hear that? We just got a negative remark,” Ward said. “He told me to get a job. (laughs) I have a full time job, but for someone to make that assumption that I don't have a job -- is ignorant. This is just another example. That’s how this entire crime happened, it’s because Trayvon was racially profiled as he was walking down that street that night.”

“It should have never been tried as a murder case,” said Ortega. “It should have been manslaughter, or something to convict this guy because he killed a kid with a weapon. He used a gun to kill this boy. You can't overpower a boy. Bottom-line.”

Regardless -- at the end of the day this 24-year-old is going to continue setting an example for her son B.J. -- as she continues practicing what she's preaching.

"United we stand and divided we fall," Ward added.

And she's hoping it's a lesson he'll grow up to live by too.

“We all stand together,” she said. “I want my son to know that regardless of what people think, I want him to never be afraid to stand for what he believes in and for what is morally right.”

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