April 2, 2012 at 2:06 AM CDT - Updated June 26 at 9:08 PM
MURPHYSBORO, IL (KFVS) - The 'Hooded For Justice March' drew hundreds of people to take to the streets of Murphysboro on Sunday evening.
The people who gathered to march for Treyvon Martin, in hoodies, carrying bags of Skittles and cans of Ice Tea chanted that they wanted justice and they wanted it now.
"My whole reason for doing this and coming up with this 'Hooded for Justice March' is to show my concern for the community," said Derecia Johnson of Murphysboro. "And to hopefully be the first person to take this step and that other people will back me up."
Johnson did get the support of more than 250 people who took part in the march through downtown Murphysboro.
"In our community there's a lot of black-on-black crimes happening," said Raynique Lee of Murphysboro. " And I feel that it should quit. And the racism around here just needs to quit, all this drama we're in 2012. And all this violence needs to quit."
There were many reasons why those who marched felt the need to take part in the event.
"Just to get the misconception out there that this is about violence," said Jessica Reinhardt of Murphysboro. " Or to get out there that the hoodie is more symbolic for the injustice and the racial profiling. It's not that he was killed because of the hoodie. But it's to stand up for something."
And stand they did all the way down Walnut Street to 17th Street, and back to the parking lot of Walgreens where they joined hands and prayed for the victims and their families of the unsolved crimes in Jackson County.
"I don't want people to think it's a race issue, or it's a community issue. I just want people to know that the law is the law. And we all need to band together, stick with each other and fight for what is right," said Johnson.