Hundreds march in NYC for Fla. teenager shot dead

DEEPTI HAJELA Associated Press Published:

NEW YORK (AP) -- The father of a black teenager shot to death by a Hispanic neighborhood watch captain in Florida has told hundreds of people marching in New York City the teen "did not deserve to die."

Demonstrators chanted "we want arrests" during Wednesday night's Million Hoodie March in Manhattan's Union Square.

Seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin was fatally shot Feb. 26 while returning to a gated community in Sanford, Fla., after buying candy at a convenience store. The teenager was unarmed and was wearing a hoodie.

Neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman hasn't been charged in the shooting. He has said he shot the unarmed teen in self-defense.

The U.S. Department of Justice has opened a civil rights probe into the shooting.

The teenager's father, Tracy Martin, told the marchers the family won't stop until it gets "justice."