Sanford, FL -- For weeks Sanford city leaders asked the public to refrain from any violence as tensions mounted in the Trayvon Martin case.
Wednesday night, they asked for continued calm, and that's exactly what they got. Police reported no major problems following the arrest of George Zimmerman in connection with Martin's death.
"I don't think there ever would have been an uproar, but at least now there's some calm that they know the person is locked up and in jail," said Stacy Davis who stood outside Sanford City Hall Wednesday night as the mayor and city manager pleaded with the public to refrain from violence.
The arrest also pleased Martin's parents who watched the news unfold from Washington, D.C.
"We simply wanted an arrest. We wanted nothing more, nothing less; we just wanted an arrest and we got it and I say thank you," Martin's mom Sybrina Fulton told reporters.
Earlier the family said they would not stop fighting until Zimmerman was convicted, adding the arrest would not bring their son back.
Kesha Solomon, a Sanford mother of 3 boys, also applauded Zimmerman's arrest, but she also felt a conviction in the case was needed for there to be justice for Trayvon.
"Yes, because if he's not convicted, what is that telling anyone else? That it's ok to kill somebody's child and get away with it?"