About 600 people attended a Nashville rally calling for justice in
the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin at the base of Capital
Hill on Saturday.
Most of the attendees were cloaked in hooded
sweatshirts, but it was 17-year-old Michael Dunning who really stood
out. At six feet, three inches tall, Dunning, a junior at Cane Ridge
High School, towered over his mother, Tonya Dunning, and sister, Markia
He wore a plain gray hooded sweatshirt with
dark-washed jeans and carried an Arizona-brand sweet tea in one hand and
a bag of Skittles in the other. Trayvon Martin, who was shot in
February while walking home from the store, carried the same two items
at the time of the shooting, officials said.
"The fact that my son
is the same age as this boy is just devastating for me," Tonya Dunning
said. "This could easily have been my child."
The case of Trayvon
Martin has fueled racial debates across the country. Many argue that the
boy was shot because he was black and dressed in a certain way, wearing
a hooded sweatshirt. Rallies, like the one held in Nashville, have
popped up across the country calling for the arrest of Trayvon's alleged
shooter, a neighborhood watchman. To date, he has not been charged.
an Antioch native, said she'd been following the case since the very
beginning. Her son, the youngest of her four children, has been
following it too.
"She was really upset," Michael Dunning said of
his mom. "I feel so bad about what happened. He didn't do nothing, it
was like he was killed for no reason."