Bay Area Churches Hold ‘Hoodie’ Event For Slain Florida Teen Trayvon Martin

OAKLAND (KCBS) – Several Bay Area churches, including the Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland, took part in “Hoodies for Trayvon Sunday”, a response to the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida last month.

Martin was walking back from a store in Sanford, Florida on the night of February 26 when he was shot and killed by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman. Zimmerman said he shot Martin in self-defense. At the time, Martin was wearing a hoodie and carrying a bag of Skittles and a bottle of iced tea.

Zimmerman has not been charged in the shooting although the Justice Department and FBI have opened a civil rights investigation into the case.

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

On Sunday, churches across the country held events to honor the teen. The Allen Temple Baptist Church invited family and friends to wear hoodies to Sunday worship and Chris Wagner obliged.

“I’m wearing a hoodie because it’s kind of chilly out. I wear my hoodie all the time,” he said. “I never thought it would cause a health issue or a loss of life. I think it’s unfair to pre-judge someone according to what they’re wearing. We live in a society where this is a hip-hop society and you have young men of all colors choose to wear this attire. This is their culture and their style.”

Churches in Berkeley and Richmond also held “Hoodies for Trayvon Sunday” events.

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  • Guapi

    Treyvon’s death (or possibly, murder) is very tragic but this “hoodie event” is a useful tool and right out of the Bill Ayers playbook. Go ahead community organizers… Stir up racial emotions and hatred again. This one was handed to you on a silver platter with Barack Obama’s blessing.

    Marxist elites are great planners but are deficient when it comes to realizing that their followers can inadvertantly derail their misson when they go predictably out of control. The goal here is to get all the protesters back in line. Many berserk Oscar Grant protesters and Occupy protesters have taken too much of the spotlight and so the Marxist elite want to reign them in and give them a more positive media spin. Come election time there needs to be a massive (not so motley) crew of protesters that have a better chance of swaying theaverage American voter. So Treyvon Martin is being USED to put a more human face on the ding bats who have no clue they are being used. And wouldn’t care if they did because a socialist utopia would seem like nirvana to them.

  • Steve

    This is a horrible tragedy but what genius copy-writer deemed this a “murder” even before any police officer, district attorney, judge, lawyer or grand jury has?

    A homicide, yes. But can CBS call it a murder?

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  • tigereon

    so is a white person a racist if they only pre-judge certain black people? Is there such a thing as “different” kinds of black people, or is that just something that white people tell themselves to make it ok to dislike certain black people?

  • rayboy

    Look around….there’s a recent pic of him gang signing and sagging….NOT LIKE THE FIVE YEAR OLD photo the stalinist politically correct press has splashed all over. FURTHER !…..this kid was on suspension from his school for drugs !!!!!

  • Tiger1

    KCBS a hotbed of media spun racism? Let’s paint by number. The pre-pubescent angelic photo is WAY out of date in terms of the current Trayvon. The implication in your article is that Trayvon was shot solely because he wore a hoodie. Evidently you haven’t heard the part about Trayvon punching George and slamming his head into the pavement right before he attempted to relieve him of his weapon. It was at that time that Zimmerman took action. What would be wrong with Trayvon acting like a citizen and saying “I (or my family) lives here, I’m walking home, please leave me alone”. Those who deal with their issues with violence always end up getting cut by the same sword, unfortunately, usually not until they have injured scores of others. I will not go so far as to defend George Zimmerman who clearly has some culpability here. But KCBS is beyond any pale of journalistic integrity with their biased slant in regard to the entire situation. Is this the best you’ve got or has the modern newsperson turned into a cowardly, pandering embecile who thinks everyone will just drink their Kool-Aid? No thank you, I don’t like the taste it leaves in my mouth, not to mention my soul.

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