Preacher called George Zimmermann gets death threats meant for Trayvon Martin killer
- The 78-year-old has received abusive calls from people who think he shot the black teenager in Florida last year
- George Zimmermann, from Volusia County, FL, says he understands they want to vent his rage but is tired of the calls
- One abusive caller told him: ‘You better get ready to dig a six-foot hole’
- Mr Zimmermann has complained to police and just changed his number
By Harriet Arkell Daily Mail PUBLISHED: 24 July 2013
George Zimmermann, 78, who has two ‘n’s in his surname unlike the man who shot Trayvon Martin, says he has received death threats and angry calls since his namesake, who is 29, was acquitted of second-degree murder earlier this month.
Now the elderly preacher from Deland, Volusia County, has called police for help in dealing with the calls, in which he has been told to ‘watch your back’ and ‘you’re a dead man’.
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Mr Zimmermann says in one call he was told: ‘Hey [expletive] you’re the one who killed Trayvon Martin, when your [expletive] get out, you’re dead.
‘Wherever you go, you’re dead…You better get ready to dig a six-foot hole,’ the Huffington Postreported.
The preacher says he is not frightened by the calls and understands that people just want to take their frustration out after a trial verdict that angered many in the U.S.
He added: ‘The type of people that would do this, they’re just venting their emotions, and being what I am, and who I am, OK, you vented, you’ve done it. I listened to you.’
The preacher says while he understands why people are calling him, the calls are so frequent they are becoming a nuisance.
George Zimmerman, 29, left, fatally shot Trayvon Martin, 17, right, in a housing complex in Sanford last February
He has now changed his telephone number and is hoping the issue will be solved.
Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder in April last year and acquitted following a jury trial on July 13 this year.
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