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Waterloo residents speak out against Zimmerman verdict

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

When Brandan Bradfild saw that Trayvon Martin had been killed, he thought, "That could have been me, you know?"

That's why, only 48 hours after George Zimmerman was found innocent by a Florida jury, Bradfild joined others in Waterloo in protesting the verdict and honoring Martin.

The event took place Monday night at Lafayette Park in Waterloo.

"If we actually get together and talk amongst each other and expose the real problem that we're having, then we can make a change," Bradfild said.

Nisa Neil organized the gathering after she heard the verdict.

"I wanted to do something with my energy, because I was upset and I was angry," Neil said. "I was mad. But what am I going to do with that energy but post on Facebook?"

She said even though Martin's death occurred in Florida, it's still critical to the Cedar Valley.

"There's been violence in our backyard here in Waterloo, unfortunately," she said. "I think it's just as sad that we don't get the publicity when a young man is shot and murdered in the street in the middle of the daytime here in Waterloo."

She said in the wake of the controversy, and in light of recent violence in the area, there's one question to keep in mind.

"What can we do as a community to help our young people?" she said. "Even if it's just one?"

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