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Zion Ervin is 17 years-old -- same age as Trayvon Martin was when he was killed.  So, much like President Obama, he feels it "could've been him."

"It's cause I am Trayvon.  I walk down to the street every day so the same thing that happened to him could happen to me and it effects our whole community.  Because it's injustice, it shouldn't have happened that way.  No man should be following some kid because he has some skittles and an 'Arizona' in his hand," Ervin said.

Ervin joined hundreds of people at the Capitol from every race and creed hoping to honor Trayvon Martin by bringing change.

"I'm hoping what Obama called for in his speech yesterday.  I'm hoping we can review the 'stand your ground' laws so that this type of thing won't go unpunished," said David Walko.

Bobbie Mack wouldn't let a little biking accident keep her from showing her support.

She feels if Trayvon had been white, the whole situation would have been different.

"The laws need to change and the mindsets of the people need to change and those people that are not willing to change, they need to move.  They need to be taken out of office," Mack said.

Saturday's rally was put together by Austinite Chas Moore and a few of his friends.  They're not with any organization, they just felt it was important.

"That's what got me involved, you know like, let's really sit down and have these conversations about race and the justice system and all that kind of stuff so we can move forward as a society," Moore said.

Moore's hope for the rally is simple.

"I hope that we can create a space where we can have open and honest conversations about some of the problems in our society and that people take that anger and all that weird emotion and channel it to do some action.  That's what I hope happens out of this you know," Moore said.

Moore says it's not just about Trayvon Martin.  He feels others have been mistreated as well.  Like Austin's own Byron Carter -- shot by an Austin police officer in 2011. 

This past June, courts found that officer not liable in the shooting.

Byron's mother Felisha Wallace spoke with FOX 7,

"Well we want peace and justice for Byron Carter.  We miss him, we wish he was here.  You know I mean it was a wrongful death," Wallace said.

She too is hoping things will change.

"That this won't happen to nobody else's son that it can stop and they can see that our young black men are just getting taken so fast," Wallace said.

Today's Austin rally was one of hundreds of Trayvon rallies across the nation.

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