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Posted by on Jul. 18, 2013 at 4:18 AM
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Zimmerman's Parents in Hiding
By LAUREN EFFRON (@leffron831) Jul 16, 2013, 9:47 PM

PHOTO: george zimmerman, robert, gladys, parents, trayvon, barbara walters

 

George Zimmerman immediately went back into hiding after being acquitted of murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, his parents told Barbara Walters in an exclusive interview with ABC News, adding that they haven't seen him since he left the courthouse.

The Zimmermans said that because of "an enormous amount of death threats," they, too, have remained in hiding and still don't feel safe enough to return to their home in Orlando, Fla.

Watch Barbara Walters' exclusive interview on "Nightline" tonight at 12:35 a.m. ET

Two days after a Florida jury found their 29-year-old son not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the death of Martin, 17, Zimmerman's parents, Robert Zimmerman Sr. and Gladys Zimmerman, sat down for their first television interview. They opened up about how their son's murder trial has affected their family and how he and they are struggling to cope with the aftermath.

"Under the circumstances, we have not been able to talk to him," Gladys Zimmerman told Walters. "To tell you the truth, we don't trust anything, not even the phones."

"We have had an enormous amount of death threats. George's legal counsel has had death threats, the police chief of Sanford, many people have had death threats," Robert Zimmerman said."'Everyone with Georgie's DNA should be killed' -- just every kind of horrible thing you can imagine."

George Zimmerman was accused of second-degree murder for shooting Martin on Feb. 26, 2012 inside a gated community in Sanford, Fla. While he admitted to shooting the unarmed teenager, Zimmerman maintained that Martin attacked him and he acted in self defense.

A jury made up of six women found Zimmerman not guilty of both second-degree murder and manslaughter charges Saturday after deliberating for more than 16 hours over two days.

Five Moments That May Have Led to George Zimmerman's Acquittal

But the family's celebration of George Zimmerman's new freedom has been short-lived. His parents said that their son has no job and no health insurance. Gladys Zimmerman said her son has been living off small monthly stipends from his legal defense fund.

"Even for us, we have not been living a normal life for the past months, it is hard," she said. "We have lost everything, everything -- the whole family, not only George. The whole family. We have lost everything."

When asked if her son could ever live a normal life again, Gladys Zimmerman said, "Only time will tell."

In the wake of Martin's death, the case quickly developed racial overtones when Sanford law enforcement declined to arrest Zimmerman, who is a white Hispanic -- his father is white and his mother is originally from Peru. Trayvon Martin is black.

George Zimmerman was arrested nearly two months after the incident when the state appointed Angela Corey as a special prosecutor and she brought second-degree murder charges against him.

Outrage and protests have reignited across the country since the not-guilty verdict was announced, something George Zimmerman's mother said was "hurtful."

"This is America, and we went through all of this with the judicial system," Gladys Zimmerman said. "They wanted an arrest for my son. They got an arrest. Now lets, you know, find a verdict ... now they have a verdict. ... He went through the whole process they were pushing for, and now they are not happy with the verdict, and I pray. I pray for them, for God to touch their heart."

People Around the World React to the George Zimmerman Verdict

In talking about Zimmerman's character, his parents painted a portrait of a young, outgoing, philanthropic man who looked out for his neighbors, who would buy fast food gift certificates for homeless people, who took care of family members, and as someone who mentored two young black siblings on some weekends.

George Zimmerman is "absolutely not" a racist, they said.

"He's never been taught to be a racist," Robert Zimmerman said. "Color is the last thing to come to his mind."

"When George first saw Trayvon Martin he had no idea what color he was," he added. "He knew he was inside a gated community. He didn't recognize him as living there. It was raining. He was just casually walking very slowly. But George did not initial know what race a person was."

Robert Zimmerman said the case brought against his son had "nothing to do with the facts" and that law enforcement didn't want to pursue a case against George Zimmerman until a special prosecutor was appointed and it became "a political decision."

"I never thought that we would see so much hatred, and the hatred is not brought on by any racial incident," Robert Zimmerman said. "It was brought on by attorneys being totally untruthful, other people being involved, having a certain narrative, having a certain agenda, and making this situation race-based and a political issue."

When asked what they would say to Trayvon Martin's family now, Gladys Zimmerman said, "We are deeply sorry for this tragedy.

"We pray for Trayvon Martin to be in a better place," she said. "He is always in our prayers."

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Mipsy
by Bronze Member on Jul. 18, 2013 at 5:29 AM
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I feel so awful for his family having to deal with all the backlash. That's not fair. His family had nothing to do with it.
muslimah
by on Jul. 18, 2013 at 6:33 AM
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 I feel bad for the family that they have to live to like that. No matter who think  thinks George is guilty or not he was went through the system and was tried in a court of law and determined not guilty by a jury.

Before he was arrested the George haters said ALL they wanted was him to be charged, arrested, and to go trial. I watched the New Black Panther, jack ass Sharpton, and many of the other protester stand there on national TV and say that. Well they got exactly what they wanted and now that the out come didn't end up as they thought it would so they just keep at it.

What happen to "all we want is for him to stand trial?"

And it's even worse that not only George has live his life in hiding but his family members who had nothing do with the incident have to live in hiding due to death threats as well. For those who think George is guilty of murder what make those who are sending death threats to his family any better ?

All this protesting and everything that is going on was one thing when before he was charged, tried, and acquitted. Well now he has been charged, tried, and acquitted so what is there to protest and threaten about? What happen to "all we want is for him to be charged tried and acquitted"? And why should his family have to pay for something he did?

coolmommy2x
by Gold Member on Jul. 18, 2013 at 6:50 AM
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I agree. They only wanted him to stand trial when they thought he would be found guilty. I feel bad for his family.

Quoting muslimah:

 I feel bad for the family that they have to live to like that. No matter who think  thinks George is guilty or not he was went through the system and was tried in a court of law and determined not guilty by a jury.


Before he was arrested the George haters said ALL they wanted was him to be charged, arrested, and to go trial. I watched the New Black Panther, jack ass Sharpton, and many of the other protester stand there on national TV and say that. Well they got exactly what they wanted and now that the out come didn't end up as they thought it would so they just keep at it.


What happen to "all we want is for him to stand trial?"


And it's even worse that not only George has live his life in hiding but his family members who had nothing do with the incident have to live in hiding due to death threats as well. For those who think George is guilty of murder what make those who are sending death threats to his family any better ?


All this protesting and everything that is going on was one thing when before he was charged, tried, and acquitted. Well now he has been charged, tried, and acquitted so what is there to protest and threaten about? What happen to "all we want is for him to be charged tried and acquitted"? And why should his family have to pay for something he did?

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JustCJ
by Silver Member on Jul. 18, 2013 at 7:57 AM
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They want....no EXPECT special treatment.
If you don't do that you're racist.


Quoting muslimah:

 I feel bad for the family that they have to live to like that. No matter who think  thinks George is guilty or not he was went through the system and was tried in a court of law and determined not guilty by a jury.


Before he was arrested the George haters said ALL they wanted was him to be charged, arrested, and to go trial. I watched the New Black Panther, jack ass Sharpton, and many of the other protester stand there on national TV and say that. Well they got exactly what they wanted and now that the out come didn't end up as they thought it would so they just keep at it.


What happen to "all we want is for him to stand trial?"


And it's even worse that not only George has live his life in hiding but his family members who had nothing do with the incident have to live in hiding due to death threats as well. For those who think George is guilty of murder what make those who are sending death threats to his family any better ?


All this protesting and everything that is going on was one thing when before he was charged, tried, and acquitted. Well now he has been charged, tried, and acquitted so what is there to protest and threaten about? What happen to "all we want is for him to be charged tried and acquitted"? And why should his family have to pay for something he did?

muslimah
by on Jul. 18, 2013 at 7:58 AM
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Quoting JustCJ:

They want....no EXPECT special treatment.
If you don't do that you're racist.


Quoting muslimah:

 I feel bad for the family that they have to live to like that. No matter who think  thinks George is guilty or not he was went through the system and was tried in a court of law and determined not guilty by a jury.


Before he was arrested the George haters said ALLthey wanted was him to be charged, arrested, and to go trial. I watched the New Black Panther, jack ass Sharpton, and many of the other protester stand there on national TV and say that. Well they got exactly what they wanted and now that the out come didn't end up as they thought it would so they just keep at it.


What happen to "all we want is for him to stand trial?"


And it's even worse that not only George has live his life in hiding but his family members who had nothing do with the incident have to live in hiding due to death threats as well. For those who think George is guilty of murder what make those who are sending death threats to his family any better ?


All this protesting and everything that is going on was one thing when before he was charged, tried, and acquitted. Well now he has been charged, tried, and acquitted so what is there to protest and threaten about? What happen to "all we want is for him to be charged tried and acquitted"? And why should his family have to pay for something he did?

 Isn't it sickening?

Debmomto2girls
by Platinum Member on Jul. 18, 2013 at 7:59 AM
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And who said racism doesn't exist? Do you even hear yourself?

Quoting JustCJ:

They want....no EXPECT special treatment.
If you don't do that you're racist.


Quoting muslimah:

 I feel bad for the family that they have to live to like that. No matter who think  thinks George is guilty or not he was went through the system and was tried in a court of law and determined not guilty by a jury.


Before he was arrested the George haters said ALL they wanted was him to be charged, arrested, and to go trial. I watched the New Black Panther, jack ass Sharpton, and many of the other protester stand there on national TV and say that. Well they got exactly what they wanted and now that the out come didn't end up as they thought it would so they just keep at it.


What happen to "all we want is for him to stand trial?"


And it's even worse that not only George has live his life in hiding but his family members who had nothing do with the incident have to live in hiding due to death threats as well. For those who think George is guilty of murder what make those who are sending death threats to his family any better ?


All this protesting and everything that is going on was one thing when before he was charged, tried, and acquitted. Well now he has been charged, tried, and acquitted so what is there to protest and threaten about? What happen to "all we want is for him to be charged tried and acquitted"? And why should his family have to pay for something he did?



"No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. All collective judgements are wrong. Only racists make them" - Elie Wiesel

Debmomto2girls
by Platinum Member on Jul. 18, 2013 at 8:00 AM
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I think it is wrong his family should be threatened. I feel bad for his parents. Knowing their son is a murderer is horrible. I would feel for any parent.

GZ feeling in fear for his life? Karma is a bitch.

JustCJ
by Silver Member on Jul. 18, 2013 at 8:02 AM
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I can't tell it like it really is without being called racist?
Don't worry I'm not surprised. It's predictable.
BTW what you just did makes you the racist.


Quoting Debmomto2girls:

And who said racism doesn't exist? Do you even hear yourself?

Quoting JustCJ:

They want....no EXPECT special treatment.

If you don't do that you're racist.




Quoting muslimah:

 I feel bad for the family that they have to live to like that. No matter who think  thinks George is guilty or not he was went through the system and was tried in a court of law and determined not guilty by a jury.



Before he was arrested the George haters said ALL they wanted was him to be charged, arrested, and to go trial. I watched the New Black Panther, jack ass Sharpton, and many of the other protester stand there on national TV and say that. Well they got exactly what they wanted and now that the out come didn't end up as they thought it would so they just keep at it.



What happen to "all we want is for him to stand trial?"



And it's even worse that not only George has live his life in hiding but his family members who had nothing do with the incident have to live in hiding due to death threats as well. For those who think George is guilty of murder what make those who are sending death threats to his family any better ?



All this protesting and everything that is going on was one thing when before he was charged, tried, and acquitted. Well now he has been charged, tried, and acquitted so what is there to protest and threaten about? What happen to "all we want is for him to be charged tried and acquitted"? And why should his family have to pay for something he did?


Debmomto2girls
by Platinum Member on Jul. 18, 2013 at 8:06 AM
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Really? You just said "they want..no EXPECT special treatment"? Who are they?


PLEase...that is an extremely racist statement. And you are right. I do have prejudices toward the igornant.

Quoting JustCJ:

I can't tell it like it really is without being called racist?
Don't worry I'm not surprised. It's predictable.
BTW what you just did makes you the racist.


Quoting Debmomto2girls:

And who said racism doesn't exist? Do you even hear yourself?

Quoting JustCJ:

They want....no EXPECT special treatment.

If you don't do that you're racist.




Quoting muslimah:

 I feel bad for the family that they have to live to like that. No matter who think  thinks George is guilty or not he was went through the system and was tried in a court of law and determined not guilty by a jury.



Before he was arrested the George haters said ALL they wanted was him to be charged, arrested, and to go trial. I watched the New Black Panther, jack ass Sharpton, and many of the other protester stand there on national TV and say that. Well they got exactly what they wanted and now that the out come didn't end up as they thought it would so they just keep at it.



What happen to "all we want is for him to stand trial?"



And it's even worse that not only George has live his life in hiding but his family members who had nothing do with the incident have to live in hiding due to death threats as well. For those who think George is guilty of murder what make those who are sending death threats to his family any better ?



All this protesting and everything that is going on was one thing when before he was charged, tried, and acquitted. Well now he has been charged, tried, and acquitted so what is there to protest and threaten about? What happen to "all we want is for him to be charged tried and acquitted"? And why should his family have to pay for something he did?




"No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. All collective judgements are wrong. Only racists make them" - Elie Wiesel

candlegal
by Judy on Jul. 18, 2013 at 8:07 AM
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Not in here you can't.  I mentioned in the beginning that we should wait until the facts come out and not jump to conclusions in this and have been considered racist ever since.

Quoting JustCJ:

I can't tell it like it really is without being called racist?
Don't worry I'm not surprised. It's predictable.
BTW what you just did makes you the racist.


Quoting Debmomto2girls:

And who said racism doesn't exist? Do you even hear yourself?

Quoting JustCJ:

They want....no EXPECT special treatment.

If you don't do that you're racist.




Quoting muslimah:

 I feel bad for the family that they have to live to like that. No matter who think  thinks George is guilty or not he was went through the system and was tried in a court of law and determined not guilty by a jury.



Before he was arrested the George haters said ALL they wanted was him to be charged, arrested, and to go trial. I watched the New Black Panther, jack ass Sharpton, and many of the other protester stand there on national TV and say that. Well they got exactly what they wanted and now that the out come didn't end up as they thought it would so they just keep at it.



What happen to "all we want is for him to stand trial?"



And it's even worse that not only George has live his life in hiding but his family members who had nothing do with the incident have to live in hiding due to death threats as well. For those who think George is guilty of murder what make those who are sending death threats to his family any better ?



All this protesting and everything that is going on was one thing when before he was charged, tried, and acquitted. Well now he has been charged, tried, and acquitted so what is there to protest and threaten about? What happen to "all we want is for him to be charged tried and acquitted"? And why should his family have to pay for something he did?



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