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SANFORD, Fla. -- "Not Guilty."
It was a statement, rather than a shout, when the verdict was announced to the few hundred court watchers outside the Seminole County Courthouse Saturday night. As word spread from one incredulous observer to the next, the reaction was less anger than disappointment -- and even tears.
By the time the verdict was announced just after 10:30 p.m., most in the crowd were Trayvon Martin supporters, and their disappointment was palpable.
"A child is dead, he's not accountable for this? What kind of justice is this?" wondered Jane Chester, a mother and one of a number of white Trayvon Martin supporters in the racially mixed crowd.
"Enough is enough," said Nina Mays of Sanford. "I'm tired of injustice. You see it every day, everywhere you go."
Patricia Lawrence worried about the message the verdict would send. "I'm scared of my little grandsons and my sons to go to the store now because they may get shot."
By 11:30 p.m., much of the crowd thinned, but police and media presence remained strong.