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Jay-Z lends star power to Florida rally for Trayvon Martin

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 27: Honoree Jay-Z accepts the President's Merit Award onstage during the Clive Davis and Recording Academy Pre-GRAMMY Gala and GRAMMY Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Jay-Z on January 27, 2018 in New York City.

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Rapper Jay-Z brought his star power to a Florida peace rally in memory of slain teenager Trayvon Martin, who would have turned 23 this month.

Local news outlets report that Jay-Z joined Martin’s parents onstage Saturday in Miami Gardens at the sixth annual Peace Walk & Peace Talk. The rally honors gun violence victims including Martin, who Jay-Z described as a beacon of light.

Martin, who as a black 17-year-old, was fatally shot in 2012 in the central Florida town of Sanford by white neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, setting off a wave of racially charged protests around the nation. Zimmerman was later acquitted of all charges in the shooting.

Jay-Z is producing “Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story,” a documentary set to air on the Paramount Network.