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"We felt it was important to show the family our support for what they've gone through and what they've had to endure over the last year," said Durham, senior pastor of the Greater Friendship Baptist Church. "It is certainly our hope that the outcome will be one that demonstrates that there was a righteous outcome to this terrible tragedy."
Durham said the Rev. Al Sharpton also plans on going to Sanford once the verdict is reached.
"He has been part of the support for the family since the incident first happened over a year ago, and he promised then, to the family, that he would stay with this case until there was a resolution," said Durham, who's also vice president of the Florida Baptist Convention.
Durham said he and other pastors in the Black Clergy Alliance have asked their church members for calm no matter what verdict the jury reaches.
Other local leaders also have asked for peace in the community.
"We're asking for calm, and we've always asked for calm," Volusia County-Daytona Beach NAACP President Cynthia Slater said.
Slater said she is more concerned about the potential reaction from Zimmerman's supporters if he is found guilty.
"Who's asking them what's going to happen if the verdict is not in their favor or not what they expect?" Slater said.
Source: News Journal Online | Katie Kustura