NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleanians gathered to show support for the Florida teen killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer.
Organizers put together "Hoodie Dat Day" near the Audubon Zoo on Sunday.
The rally was staged in response to the death of Trayvon Martin, and it’s one of many taking place across the country.
The 17-year-old boy was unarmed and walking through a gated community wearing a hooded sweatshirt, when neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman shot and killed him.
“He was identified as a criminal, simply for the fact that he had a hood on his head,” said one person at the event. “Gentleman had no right to even approach the young man to ask him any questions.”
Zimmerman has not been charged in connection with the killing.
The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating, and many lawmakers are now calling for an investigation of Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law.
According to the Orlando Sun, out of 13 cases where the Stand Your Ground law was invoked, 12 of the people shot were unarmed.