NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - It has been one week since a Florida jury found neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman 'not guilty' in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. From Miami to Chicago and Los Angeles, thousands got together to remember the teen, protest the verdict, and to try to get the federal government to look into the case.
In Norfolk, hundreds of people gathered in front of the Federal Building for a peace rally.
Teens With A Purpose and the United Council For Equality hosted Saturday's event. Their goal is to educate people on civil and voting rights, and to empower young people to let their voices be heard.
"I applaud the President for coming out yesterday with his comments. I think they were right on point. I mean any of us could have been Trayvon Martin. These states that have these Stand Your Ground laws that are inhibiting and supporting the aggressor has got to be changed," said Portsmouth Mayor Kenny Wright.
"We are using this moment to do something constructive because we know there are problems with the criminal justice system," said Rep. Bobby Scott, (D) Virginia.
Martin's mother attended a rally in New York. She told the crowd these protests are important to her and her family, and to every child in the country.
State police is conducting a criminal investigation after a vehicle crashing into a residence on the Eastern Shore.
David Karl Becker, a Navy SEAL, was arrested on four charges related to stealing and selling government-owned firearms and ammunition.
Newport News Police said they are looking for the person who drove into the wall of a car wash and stole a control box.
Virginia lawmakers and officials commented on the passing of Nelson Mandela Friday, December 5, 2013. Mandela was 95 years old.
The Chesapeake Police Department is seeking any information about these 10 wanted suspects. If you know anything, call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
Norfolk Fire & Rescue officials said a train went off its track Dec. 5, 2013 in the area of East Princess Anne and Ingleside roads.
HazMat crews have identified the material on a derailed train in Norfolk as cement. East Princess Anne and Ingleside roads have reopened to traffic.