A group of students at Penn State University on Wednesday held a rally for Trayvon James Martin, who was killed by George Zimmerman in 2012.
“Our hearts are broken, and we know that there are others like Trayvon, and that we will never get justice,” said Sara Soto, one of the students.
Soto said the community college was one of a number of schools that offered a graduation ceremony for Martin.
The student group was there for the ceremony, and it was one she said was a reminder that she would have to continue to go to school in order to get the education she was denied.
“I am going to have to finish school and then be able to be a full-time student, and I think that is what really bothers me about this case,” she said.
The student group at Penn St. said they were not a protest group.
However, they said the university should take the case seriously and take action.
“It is very important to me that we make sure that our schools, our community colleges, all colleges, not just Penn State, make sure they provide students with equal opportunity to pursue a degree,” said Jessica Lomax, one the students who participated in the rally.
The students said they have been asking for justice since the case came to light, but the college has not made a statement.
The rally came as the case is still pending.
Penn State is one of several universities to have filed lawsuits against Zimmerman, alleging that he violated Martin’s civil rights by pursuing him out of fear of his life.