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JAY-Z gives emotional speech at Trayvon Martin memorial

ATTENDANCE: JAY Z (Photo credit: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

JAY-Z GAVE a heartfelt speech at an event marking the anniversary of Trayvon Martin's death on Saturday (Feb 10).

The unarmed 17-year-old was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida in 2012. Zimmerman was charged with murder, but acquitted at trial on self-defence grounds due to Florida's controversial stand-your-ground law.

To honour the slain teenager and other victims of gun violence, Jay joined hundreds of marchers in Miami at the sixth annual Peace Walk & Peace Talk on Saturday, which was organised by officials at The Trayvon Martin Foundation.

The 4:44 star stood alongside Trayvon's parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, at the Betty T. Ferguson Amphitheater as he delivered a short speech.

"We want to make sure that we stand and support and never forget that Trayvon serves as a beacon of light to the people out here. So, you guys will never have to go through the pain and hurt that these guys (Trayvon's parents) went through," the 48-year-old said.

"And his name will sit alongside the greats whom lost their lives to push our culture forward - the Martin Luther Kings, the Gandhis. That's the intention that we set, that his name serves as a beacon of light and hope to push us in a better direction, so thank you guys for your support. Thank you for being here."

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