PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - People in Hampton Roads and across the nation are reacting to the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. A Florida jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Early Sunday morning, the debate over the George Zimmerman verdict took to the airwaves on the local Christian station WTJZ 1270 AM.
Host Elder Carlos Howard and community advocate Michael Muhammad discussed their feelings on the verdict, and how it is touching people in Hampton Roads. It was a very lively discussion, touching on everything from the verdict to race relations in the country.
There are a lot of people who are disappointed and hurt by the not guilty verdict, but Muhammad believes something positive can come from this verdict.
"We're not shocked, astonished by the verdict," Muhammad said. "But I am happy to see there is an awakening in the conscience in this generation of people."
Sunday evening, more than one hundred people attended a rally and walk in honor of Trayvon Martin at I.C. Norcom High School.
The organizer, Nathaniel Cummings, told WAVY's Lauren Compton he wanted a way to express his sorrow for Martin's family, and give others a chance to express their feelings.
"At first I got mad, I'm not going to lie, I got mad about it. There was a lot of things I wanted to do about it," Cummings said. "Then I was like, you know what let's start something in the community that come be apart of."
Cummings took to social media and created the respect walk for Martin to give people in the community a chance to share their feelings about the verdict.
"I was shaken," Portsmouth resident Nancy McCarty said. "It was unbelievable to me, it was so sad I can't imagine how his parents must feel."
During the rally people held signs, chanted 'No Justice!' and many spoke openly about their fears for the future.
"I don't want my son to be scared to walk around and look over his shoulder," mother Keywanna Bloodworth said. "He's 13, he should be enjoying life just like Trayvon should've been."
Portsmouth Mayor Kenneth Wright attended the rally as well and encouraged people to get involved in politics.
"There is a take away from all this," said Mayor Wright. "People need to involved in the political process and understand how to make their voice heard so they can impact laws and change laws."
Norfolk Police are investigating the cause of death for male found unconscious on the beach.
The Hampton Police Division needs help identifying the suspect in a motel robbery early Monday morning.
To ease holiday mailing, the Richmond District of the U.S. Postal Service is extending its Saturday window hours.