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Atlantans await Zimmerman verdict

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

As a Florida jury decides the fate of George Zimmerman, people in Atlanta are watching and waiting for a verdict.

Hundreds of people rallied in the memory of Trayvon Martin at the First Iconium Baptist Church, to call for justice for the slain teen's family as a jury in Sanford, Fl. deliberates the fate of George Zimmeran, the man who has admitted to shooting the teenager.

Reuben Reese, who is 16 years old, is a year younger than Martin.

Reese said the same fate could have befallen to him.

"It definitely affects me," Reese said. "It's really heartbreaking to know that Trayvon Martin is just a representation of any young man who could've been walking home from the store."

The case is racially charged and filled with tension.

Martin was an African American teenager.

Zimmerman is a multi-ethnic Hispanic man.

Some have worried tempers could boil over, if the jury finds Zimmerman not guilty.

Reverend Timothy McDonald, the Pastor of First Iconium, said if the jury acquits Zimmerman people will be angry, but he believes they channel their frustration properly.

"We're calling for non-violence, we're calling for peaceful protest. I think the people, just given what they've done so far, will react in a peaceful manner, I don't think there will be any destruction of person on property," McDonald said.

"Anger usually transfers to change, I hope that if justice is not served there is, and anger   becomes change," Reese said.

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