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NAACP president references Marley Lion in Trayvon Martin statement

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Charleston NAACP holding a press conference in downtown on Tuesday. Charleston NAACP holding a press conference in downtown on Tuesday.
A video circulating in social media about Trayvon Martin and Marley Lion. A video circulating in social media about Trayvon Martin and Marley Lion.
Julius Brown, Ryan Deleston, Bryan Rivers and George Brown. The suspects arrested in the Marley Lion case.(Source: CCDC) Julius Brown, Ryan Deleston, Bryan Rivers and George Brown. The suspects arrested in the Marley Lion case.(Source: CCDC)
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Charleston NAACP president Dot Scott said both Trayvon Martin and Marley Lion deserve justice during a press conference on the not guilty verdict for George Zimmerman.

At a news conference held on Tuesday in downtown, NAACP chapter president Dot Scott said there was no justice for Trayvon Martin and Marley Lion, a white 17 year old who was shot and killed in a West Ashley parking lot last year.

A photo that has been circulating on social media shows a picture of both teens and states Martin's case made national news and "was recognized by the president and countless celebrities," while Lion's story "never made it past the local news."

A text below the pictures states,"You tell me...what is the difference?"

"We support the American justice system, but past experience has taught us that the system does not always work," Scott said during a press conference on Zimmerman's not guilty verdict. 

This comes a day after people from across the Lowcountry came together to show support for Trayvon Martin during a vigil organized by a grassroots effort. Monday night`s downtown rally was one of many across the country.

"The Charleston branch of the NAACP joins with the National NAACP and people of good will across our nation in condemning justice denied in the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Benjamin Martin," Scott said during the Tuesday press conference.

Investigators have charged Bryan Rivers, Ryan Deleston and Julius Brown with Lion's murder.

Court records state on June 16, 2012, Lion pulled over to the Famous Joe's parking in West Ashley lot to sleep. According to investigators, Rivers, Deleston and Brown planned to rob Lion. When Lion sounded the vehicle alarm, police say Deleston opened fire on Lion.

Since Charleston police say the attack was a coordinated effort, all three suspects were charged with murder and attempted armed robbery in addition to other charges.

Another man, George Brown, was also arrested in the case and charged with accessory after the fact of murder.

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