Chicago worshipers wear hoodies for Trayvon Martin

March 26, 2012 4:51:46 AM PDT
In houses of worship all across Chicago Sunday, pastors delivered their sermons dressed in hooded sweatshirts.

The hoodie was the item of clothing that Florida teen Trayvon Martin was wearing when he was shot and killed by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman on Feb. 26.

At West Point Missionary Baptist, the sign outside read "You're invited to our skittles, ice-t, hoddie Sunday. Don't shoot. We're just here to worship."

"I want you to look at these Christian men who are putting their hoods on right now and say if they look suspicious," said Pastor Stephen J. Thurston of New Covenant Baptist Church.

The show of outrage continued outside church as well.

"Let that be the spark that ignites us to say around this country we're not going to tolerate violence and the murder of our children anymore," Father Michael Pfleger of Saint Sabina Church said after leading a march. "We're not going to tolerate it."

Pastors and congregants demanded that Zimmerman be charged with murder and called for the repeal of stand your ground laws, which protect Zimmerman, who claims he shot the teen in self defense. And though Zimmerman has gone into hiding since the shooting. His attorney is speaking out.

"The evidence will show this was a case of self defense," Craig Sonner told ABC's David Muir. "George Zimmerman suffered a broken nose, and had an injury to the back of his head. He was attacked by Trayvon Martin on that evening."

Sonner isn't the only one coming to his defense. Also speaking to ABC was a close friend who claims he spoke to Zimmerman just this weekend.

"George had no intention of taking anyone's life," Joe Oliver said. "He cried for days after."

He said, after speaking to his friend, he's convinced it came down to that final moment.

"At that point, either George or Trayvon was going to die," Oliver said.