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Monday, July 22, 2013 - 3:56am

Verdict Protest More Somber Than Outraged

More than 200 people in Warner Robins joined a nationwide weekend of protest over the George Zimmerman verdict Friday night, their mood more somber than outraged.

There was no marching or chanting on the lawn of the Houston County Annex building, just people relaxing on beach towels and listening to prayers and poetry.

"People are angry and we want to kind of temper that down," said Fenika Miller, who helped organize the event she called "Candles for Justice."

Tensions are high on every side of the issue, Miller said. "We want people to unite around the common issue of seeking justice for everybody."

17-year-old Jalea Davis of Warner Robins attended the event that she said was about more than Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teenager whom Zimmerman says he shot in self-defense.

"Enough is enough," Davis said. "We want something to be done in our community so that we can make it a better place for us, as the next generation, to live in."

24-year-old Joseph Smith Jr. traveled from Dooly County for the event. He said racial profiling, as was alleged in the Zimmerman trial, is a reality for him.

"It happened to me," Smith said. "Not somebody shooting at me, but with the police and stuff. It happens all the time. Like, they’ll just stop me and I probably wasn’t doing nothing.”

As the sun went down, people shielded their candles from the wind. Almost no one held signs.

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