Thousands attend rally for slain Fla. teen

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Trayvon Martin was just footsteps from his home when he was killed by self-styled neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman.

SANFORD, Fla. -- Thousands of residents and protesters from around the country attended a rally for a black teen fatally shot by a neighborhood watch captain in Sanford, Florida.

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The rally was initially planned for a 400-seat church. But Thursday evening's two-hour rally for 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was moved to Fort Mellon Park in downtown Sanford to make room for all the people expected to attend.

Civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton told the crowd that he wants to see Martin's shooter, George Zimmerman, in court with handcuffs behind his back.

Florida's governor Rick Scott late Thursday appointed Angela B. Corey to oversee the investigation into the death of Trayvon Martin.

She is the prosecutor for the Jacksonville area. Scott said this came after the local prosecutor for the central Florida county where the shooting happened, Norman Wolfinger, volunteered to recuse himself.

Martin's parents have complained that the 28-year-old shooter, George Zimmerman, has not been charged after he claimed self-defense.

Scott also appointed a task force led by Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll to hold hearings about the Feb. 26 shooting and make recommendations for changing state laws and procedures.

The death has sparked nationwide protests.

(Associated Press)

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