Approximately 500 emotional supporters packed the inside of a local church Saturday afternoon in Charlotte to show their concern for the tragic loss of Trayvon Martin, 17, who was shot to death in Florida.
Most of them held a bag of Skittles in their hands to remember the last thing Martin held in his hand the night he died. Those Skittles were packed high at the altar of the church.
Abuela Ramirez was one of the supporters present. She has a tear in her eye as she spoke to Eyewitness News. Ramirez has three 17-year-old grandsons.
"I told them the other day about Trayvon. And their faces had fear on it like, 'Is that going to happen to us?' That's the nature of a child. ‘Am I safe? Who's going to take care of me?' And you don't know what to tell them? I don't know what to tell them," said Ramirez.
Martin was unarmed when he was killed by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman in Florida.
Zimmerman said he shot Martin in self-defense. He has not been charged.
Andrea Long, the mother of two young boys killed three years ago in west Charlotte, was also in attendance. She said Martin's parents need to keep protesting until there's an arrest.
"I'm telling you, it's like I had woke up to it all over again," said Long. "We are sick of seeing our teenagers die, especially when they are unarmed. My son was unarmed. Trayvon was unarmed. Skittles and Lipton tea cannot kill a soul. This man should pay."
A Florida grand jury will meet in early April to review the evidence. Until that takes place, protestors said they will stand together and continue to fight for justice.
The FBI and the Department of Justice are also investigating Martin's death to determine if Zimmerman can be charged with a federal hate crime.