Jamie Foxx joined a group of supporters at Union Station in New York City to honor the memory of Trayvon Martin, UPI reported on Wednesday, February 27.
Foxx, an Oscar-winning actor for his work in the film Ray, showcased his second career as a R&B/Hip-Hop vocalist in his appearance at the candlelight vigil on the one-year-anniversary of Martin’s shooting death.
Foxx has taken an active interest in the case since George Zimmerman fired on an unarmed Martin on February 26, 2012.
The case is still pending, and Zimmerman’s defense has released photos of a bruised and bloodied Zimmerman that could lend credence to claims the shooting was an act of self-defense.
Supporters of Martin, Foxx included, have used the shooting to draw attention to issues of racism and gun control.
Foxx also reminded attendees that the “simple thing is allow the court system to work and allow a person to have their day and trial,” telling those present to “think of Trayvon as a typical teen who enjoyed his family and adolescent activities,” USA Today noted.
Before breaking into song, the Django Unchained star addressed Martin directly. “We want you to know that we love you and we’re not going to leave you.”
According to the USA Today report, the 90-minute vigil didn’t attract the same turnout of a similar event held in Martin’s honor last year. Bronx rapper Mikey Jay speculated that people “are probably just worried about themselves.”
“But me? I still care,” Jay added.
Martin’s family is reportedly considering a civil lawsuit against Zimmerman.
Has your opinion of the Trayvon Martin shooting changed any during the last year? Do you think George Zimmerman acted in self-defense?