Parents: Neighborhood Watch Death Not God’s Plan

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  • MIRAMAR, Fla. (AP) — The parents of the unarmed teen who was shot and killed by a Florida neighborhood watch volunteer rejected the shooter's claim that the death was a part of God's plan.

    In an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity televised Wednesday, George Zimmerman said he felt the course of the night 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was killed "was all God's plan."

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    "We must worship a different God," Martin's father, Tracy Martin, told The Associated Press. "There is no way that my God wanted George Zimmerman to murder my teenage son."

    Speaking Thursday on NBC's "Today" show, the teen's mother, Sybrina Fulton, said the notion was "ridiculous."

    In the Fox News interview, Zimmerman also said he'd like to talk with Trayvon Martin's parents about what happened.

    "Absolutely not," Fulton said when asked on NBC if she'd be willing to meet with Zimmerman.

    The Fox News interview was Zimmerman's first lengthy television interview and was conducted at an undisclosed location in Seminole County, Fla., where Zimmerman must remain under conditions of his release on bail.

    Zimmerman, 28, is charged with second-degree murder in the Feb. 26 shooting in Sanford, about 20 miles north of Orlando. Martin is black and Zimmerman has a white father and Hispanic mother. The shooting prompted nationwide protests after Zimmerman was not arrested for weeks after the shooting.

    Zimmerman claims Martin attacked him and has pleaded not guilty, claiming self-defense under Florida's "stand your ground" law. Zimmerman is free on $1 million bail.

    In his interview, Zimmerman said he would like to tell Martin's parents he was sorry about the teen's death.

    "I can't imagine what it must feel like. And I pray for them daily," Zimmerman said. Later, he added: "I am sorry that this happened."

    But Fulton said it is hard for her to accept his apology because he still says he does not regret anything he did on the night of the shooting.

    When asked in the Fox News interview to explain what he meant when he told a police dispatcher he was following Martin, Zimmerman said he was trying to keep an eye on Martin to tell police. He said he was not following Martin but attempting to get a more precise address for the authorities.

    Whether Zimmerman was the aggressor plays a major role in his self-defense claim.

    "I hadn't given them a correct address. I was going to give them the actual address," he said. "I meant that I was going in the same direction as him. I didn't mean that I was actually pursuing him."

    Zimmerman said shortly after he got out of his car, Martin was right next to him. Zimmerman said he looked down to try to find his cellphone and when he looked up, Martin punched him and broke his nose. Then, he said, Martin straddled him and started slamming his head down.

    "He started bashing my head into the concrete sidewalk. I was disoriented," Zimmerman said, adding that it was at that point he began to fear for his life — another key element in his self-defense claim.

    He said as the two were struggling, Martin said "you're going to die tonight." Zimmerman said he yelled out multiple times — shouts captured on 911 calls by local residents — in hopes the authorities would locate them.

    "I was yelling in hopes that they were in the vicinity and they would come and find me," he said. "As soon as he broke my nose, I started yelling for help."

    Martin's parents have said they believe it was their son who was yelling for help.

    Zimmerman also said racial profiling had nothing to do with the confrontation.

    "I'm not a racist and I'm not a murderer," he said.

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    9 thoughts on “Parents: Neighborhood Watch Death Not God’s Plan

    1. Zimmerman is a racist,a hothead, a murderer, a liar and a coward. I donot believe that it was God’s plan for this idiot to murder an unarmed child.

      To joldschool, the original text actually says thou shall not commit murder.

      To the nonbelievers, it is easy to be discouraged and pessimistic because we live in an evil and pessimistic world. Almighty God is REAL and Almighty God is GOOD. I hope that all nonbelievers get to know HIM before it is TOO LATE…………………………………….

    2. Everything is a god’s plan, even Martin’s death. This might not seem like that to us, but everything is preplanned.

    3. I am not a believer in religion or if there is some spirit out there, but if there is a God I seriously doubt it would be his will for Zimmerman to kill Trayvon. That’s like the terrorist saying Allah told them to strap bombs to their bodies & kill a bunch of innocent people. If there is a God out there that would condone this, well, I am glad I am not a believer. It seems to me, man has religion or the so called word of God mis interpreted, because we have seen some heinous stuff done in the name of God & religion in human history, & alot of killings continue today because one group believes something different from another.

    4. I agree.This has NOTHING to do with God. People need to stop trying to blame God for everything. SOme things are just MANKIND stupidity.

    5. Zimmerman is a murdering, lying, disgusting, piece of crap. I guess it’s also part of God’s plan for him to get convicted of murder, go to jail, and get gang raped by a bunch of black men. This guy is a pathetic coward! Trayvon’s father should scope out zimmerman and start following him to see what he is up to and when he gets him alone beat the living hell out of him! Mr. Martin has shown divine restraint throughout this entire ordeal. If it were my husband or even me myself, I can’t say with a shred of certainty that this coward would be able to give an interview.

    6. I am pissed with society that he is allowed to be doing interviews….If this was the other way around, Trayvon would not have gotten a bail, and would still be in jail!!! The OTHERS are really showing THEIR true colors…..

    7. This Zimmerman is a murderer,an admitted a low life coward, a incestrual pedophile who groped/raped his cousin.
      I support his execution and immediate extermination .
      This twisted moral decadent imbecile must die and suffer like a rat he is.

    8. This Zimmerman is a murderer,an admitted a low life coward, a incestrual pedophile who groped/raped his cousin.
      I support his execution and immediate extermination .
      This twisted moral decadent imbecile must die and suffer like a rat he is.

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