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Sanford and Goldsboro residents held a candlelight vigil Friday night to honor the memory of Trayvon Martin.  They have been waiting seventeen months to see if George Zimmerman will be convicted in the teen's death, and the jury could come back with a verdict Saturday.

Managers of the Goldsboro Welcome Center say Goldsboro and Sanford residents will gather at the center starting at Noon on Saturday.  They plan to wait there until there is a verdict in the Zimmerman trial.

FOX 35 talked with people who gathered Friday night at the welcome center, anticipating a verdict soon.  Music producer Maurice Starr says the media has depicted Trayvon Martin in a negative light during the trial, casting doubts on his character.

He says, "I think the press has been very negative.  They've victimized this young man, who is dead and cannot speak for himself. Somebody killed him and they victimize him."

Friday night, Sanford Police Chief Cecil Smith met with residents, keeping the lines of communication open.

Pastor Sharon Patterson was inside the courtroom Friday.  She believes the jury rested Friday night so they can take a close look at the evidence Saturday.

Patterson says, "They want time to go through it and to make sure whatever decision they make is the right one."

Dozens of Sanford pastors have been updating their congregations over the last four weeks, seeking to keep the peace when the jury makes its final decision.

Pastor Patterson adds, "There is a song that says accept what God allows and my thing is we have to accept the verdict."

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