Inside the Gospel Tabernacle Church, music fills the air. But, on this Sunday, hearts are heavy.
Bishop David E. Martin decided to send a message of his own.
"I felt compelled. We needed to do more than just praying about it, talking about it, etc., So, today I asked all the members to wear hoodies," Martin said.
Hundreds of church members filled the pews with bright and dark-colored hoodies.
Martin, 17, was walking home from a convenience store wearing a hoodie and carrying a bag of Skittles candy and a bottle of Iced Tea when he was shot and killed by a security guard.
At Sunday's service, ushers handed out Skittles and talked about this worst nightmare for parents.
"I have a 22-year-old son and then Kari [youngest son]," said Kwame Brahme. "I'm always worried. We deal with this every day. You have a Rodney King situation, then you have a Trayvon Martin situation. It's always been here. It's unfortunate we are dealing today with the underlying issues of real racism."