SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - George Zimmerman was found not-guilty of second degree murder charges this weekend in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
More than one hundred people gathered on the steps of Springfield's City Hall in response to the not guilty finding in the Trayvon Martin murder trial.
Some Springfield residents told 22News they were saddened by the jury's verdict.
"I'm just here to stand with everyone in the city and to try to, hopefully, together express this grief in a way that is positive and will bring about some change," Patrick Murray told 22News while he attended the vigil Monday night.
Saturday night's not guilty verdict for George Zimmerman has inspired vigils and rallies, like the one in Springfield, across the country.
The mood at Springfield's vigil was somber. People lit candles, bowed their head in prayer, and listened as representatives from the NAACP spoke out.
Jamel Smith, 13, came with his mother and aunt to show support for the dead teenager's family. He said what happened to Martin has made him fearful.
"Young men like me, out in Springfield, on the streets, and stuff like that, all over are in danger sometimes. I think coming here it will really help the community and people saying, ya know, we nee to stick together in these cases," Smith said.
Dianna Feal told 22News she sympathizes with both sides. She said she has been in fear for her life once and that she understands how Zimmerman could have ended up shooting the young man.
"Out of defense! He didn't know what was going on. You see somebody walking in your grounds, not supposed to be there, you act in defense. Now I feel for the kid, being so young," Feal said.
She also said she feels like the entire case has upset people and that she thinks those involved will need a long time to heal.
Representatives from the NAACP spoke out at the vigil about starting a petition drive to eliminate "stand your ground" laws like the one that allowed Zimmerman to claim self-defense.