Outside of the Seminole County courthouse, about 20 supporters of Trayvon Martin gathered around a framed photo of the Miami teen with black balloons to sing, pray, and commemorate the 18th birthday. His parents did not attend today's hearing. O'Mara made note of the solemn occasion saying, "No matter what, a tragedy occurred."
Remembrances are planned today throughout the town of Sanford, Miami where the teen grew up and throughout the country. In a possible sign of healing of the events planned, an anti-gun rally in a historically black Sanford neighborhood, is being sponsored by both the Sanford Police Department and the NAACP. The joining of both sides behind one common bond would have seemed almost unthinkable in the early spring of 2012 as thousands descended upon the city claiming that the Sanford PD was embroiled in a cover-up and alleging misconduct because Zimmerman had yet to be arrested.