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The Rev. Al Sharpton spoke at the town hall meeting. (Source: CNN) The Rev. Al Sharpton spoke at the town hall meeting. (Source: CNN)
Trayvon Martin, 17, was unarmed when he was shot and killed by George Zimmerman. Trayvon Martin, 17, was unarmed when he was shot and killed by George Zimmerman.

SANFORD, FL (RNN) -  A town hall meeting to discuss the shooting death of a Florida teenager attracted thousands of attendees and civil rights icons the Rev. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.

Trayvon Martin's mother, Sabrina Fulton, said she wished to help make "changes" so that this doesn't happen to another family.

"My heart is broken, that is first and foremost. That was my baby," she said. "I just want to appeal to you all, if you have children, that if something happens to your children, you want to know what happened. As a parent, you want some answers to your questions."

The town hall meeting was conducted as a plea to city leaders to intervene in the case and perhaps move toward the arrest of George Zimmerman.

Sanford Mayor Jeff Triplett said the city asked the FBI to assist in the investigation.

"We are in the pursuit of truth and justice and we've looked outside our walls to have people help deliver that to us, and we'll take swift and decisive action," he said.

"We all stand united behind you today to go down the right path."

Zimmerman shot the unarmed teen to death after some type of confrontation that began when Zimmerman called emergency operators when he spotted what he termed a "suspicious" Martin, 17.

The Rev. Al Sharpton delivered to the meeting a petition with two million signatures calling for the arrest of Zimmerman.

"We do not need a trial and a jury to make an arrest. An arrest is based on probable cause," Sharpton said.

Zimmerman has not been arrested or charged, saying he shot Martin in self defense. Zimmerman called emergency dispatchers to report Martin as he walked through the gated community on his way back to his father's fiancee's house.

Zimmerman was told by operators not follow him. The two fought and Martin was shot and killed.

"You will say 'Well, there's all kinds of conflicting stories.' I say to you, let's do what they do in the sports game. Let's go to the tape. Don't take my word, don't take the family's word, play the tape," Sharpton said.

Earlier Monday, police reports were made public that indicated that Zimmerman had been punched in the nose by Martin, and that he had slammed his head into the pavement.

Police have said some witness testimony supports Zimmerman's claims of self-defense. A Florida Grand Jury will convene April 10 to examine the case and decide whether to issue indictments.

"There is no good ending to this story, but what has to happen is, we have to learn from this," said Rep. Corrine Brown, D-FL. "How can we make this better for all this children? What can we do so this man would not have died in vain?" 

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