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Quinn: Hearts Broken After Trayvon Martin Death

ALSIP, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says hearts are broken after the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.  

Quinn spoke Sunday to congregants at a suburban Chicago church. Quinn didn't directly mention George Zimmerman, who was cleared of all charges Saturday in Martin's death. Quinn says a young man lost his life to gun violence and he agrees with Martin's father who says his faith remains unshattered. 

Quinn has spent several Sundays talking about violence in the Chicago area. He's previously pushed for an assault weapons ban and wanted stricter rules for Illinois' new concealed carry law. Lawmakers ultimately rejected his changes. 

Quinn spoke earlier Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" saying he doesn't like Florida's Stand Your Ground law and that it should be examined. 

Meanwhile, protesters in Chicago Sunday said the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case is symbolic of lingering racism in the United States.   About 200 people turned out for a rally and march in downtown Chicago on Sunday.  Zimmerman claimed he was acting in self-defense when he shot and killed the unarmed black teen last year in a condominium development.

Seventy-three-year-old Maya Miller says the case reminds her of the 1955 slaying of Emmitt Till, a 14-year-old from Chicago who was murdered by a group of white men while visiting Mississippi. Till's killing galvanized the civil rights movement.  Miller says she feels as if "nothing has changed in 58 years."

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