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Louisville reacts to Zimmerman verdict

St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church
Deacon James Turner Deacon James Turner

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Sunday morning after George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the killing of Trayvon Martin, people all over Louisville were talking about the verdict.

Several church leaders said they would not speak about the case during their services, but they would remind their congregations to remain peaceful. Others said they would address it.

"God changes things, and I believe in the power of prayer in spite of what happens in life, policy procedures and laws," Deacon James Turner with St. Martin de Porres said. "I think in the end, God is in control."

Protests have taken place across the county since Saturday night's verdict. Some people say after the verdict and the case in general, they worry about the future.

"I live in Middletown, and I'm confronted with the same thing at night," Deacon Turner said. "Going home my children are walking the neighborhood. This is where we live. Are they going to be stopped and challenged?".

"It's has to stop," St. Martin member Kathryn Gaines said. "We're all God's people, and if we don't someday join together and be one, What are we headed for?" 

Saturday night, after deliberating nearly 16 hours, a Sanford, Florida jury found that Zimmerman believed his actions were necessary to prevent death or bodily harm to himself. The jury found him not guilty of second degree murder and manslaughter in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

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