updated 07/21/2013 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 07/21/2013 AT 9:00 AM ET
Thousands gathered in more than 100 cities across the U.S. Saturday to protest Stand Your Ground laws and to show support for Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager shot and killed last year by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who was found not guilty by a jury in his murder case July 13.
And Beyoncé and Jay-Z were among them.
The superstar couple attended a rally in Manhattan alongside a reported 2,000 protesters, including MSNBC’s Rev. Al Sharpton and Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton.
“Jay-Z and Beyonce said they didn’t want to speak and they didn’t come for a photo op,” Sharpton said, according to reports. “Jay-Z told me, ‘I’m a father. Beyoncé is a mother.’ We all feel the pain and apprehension – the laws must protect everybody, or it doesn’t protect anybody … We do not come from hate, we come from love of children.”