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Eastern Iowans rally for Trayvon Martin after Zimmerman verdict

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It's been a high-profile case since it began. Saturday, a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

After Martin's shooting death in February 2012, rallies were held nationwide. Many happened again following the verdict, including in eastern Iowa.

Around 70 people gathered on the Ped Mall in Iowa City Sunday evening. Many believe racial profiling led to Martin's death.

"This is somebody who I believed willfully profiled someone, based on something he couldn't help," said Gemmicka Piper, a graduate student at the University of Iowa.

The protest was peaceful, although a few Zimmerman supporters were there as well.

Protesters say they were disappointed by the verdict and say they still want to see justice for Trayvon Martin. Many believe the case brings up deeper issues.

"I think it revealed some deep-seated anxieties I think America still has," said Piper. "I was really shocked at some of the brutality of the statements that surrounded this case."

The rally lasted about half an hour with speakers sharing why they were disappointed with the verdict.

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