Beyonce and Jay-Z lead New York rally to seek justice for murdered teen Trayvon Martin

The celebrity couple took time out of their hectic schedules this weekend to attend a New York rally, just one week after George Zimmerman was found not guilty by a Florida jury of murdering 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

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by Closer staff |
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Protests took place all over the country to seek justice for the unarmed teenager, who died after being shot by Zimmerman in February.

The power couple were joined by civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton, who headed the rally, and Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton.

Beyonce and Jay-Z were joined by civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton and Martin’s mother,  Sybrina Fultoncivil
Beyonce and Jay-Z were joined by civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton and Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fultoncivil

According to an American website, the celebrity couple’s attendance at the march was praised by crowds shouting ‘thank you, Jay!’ and ‘no concerts in Florida’.

The teenager’s controversial death and trial of Zimmerman has received massive coverage over the past year, with Beyonce’s younger sister Solange Knowles also heading a rally last weekend.

During Beyonce’s Mrs Carter Show World Tour concert in Nashville, Tennessee last week, the singer asked fans to have a moment of silence in honour of the teenager.

Beyonce's younger sister Solange also headed a rally in New York last week

Several celebrities voiced their opposition to the trial’s decision on Twitter following the announcement, including Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus.

A six-woman jury accepted the defence’s argument that Zimmerman was acting in self-defense when he shot Trayvon, clearing him of second-degree murder and manslaughter.

The verdict came after more than 16 hours of deliberation following conflicting testimonies from witnesses about whose screams were heard on the recorded 911 call.

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