Trayvon Martin’s family is making the trip to Baltimore to protest the death of Freddie Gray, tweeted Jamal Bryant, the pastor of Empowerment Temple, Thursday night. Chaos erupted in Baltimore on Monday, the day of Gray’s funeral, after demonstrations turned violent.
“Honored family of #TrayvonMartin is coming to stand with us tomorrow in our fight for #Justice4Freddie #OneBaltimore,” the pastor tweeted Thursday evening. The tweet was liked and shared dozens of times.
— jamalbryant (@jamalhbryant) May 1, 2015
Martin was 17 when he was fatally shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in 2012. Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder in 2013, which prompted outrage across the U.S.
People in Philadelphia showed support for Gray by rallying Thursday. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the Department of Justice’s Federal Bureau of Prisons and yelled chants such as “No justice, no peace,” “You are not alone” and “We won’t move.”
Gray died at the age of 25 from spinal injuries sustained during an arrest by Baltimore police, who took him into custody for possession of a switchblade. Before that, he had been arrested 18 times.
Since Gray's funeral, Baltimore has been in a state of unrest. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake issued a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. EDT curfew.
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