A threatening tweet aimed at George Zimmerman, the 28-year-old Florida man who ignited a firestorm of outrage when he shot unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin to death on Feb. 26, has gone viral as damaging reports of the victim's history have come out.
George W. Zimmerman 159 Edgewater Circle. Sanford, Florida. 32773, y'all know what to do.. Retweet this. He gone learn today.
By 11 a.m. Tuesday more than 4,000 people had retweeted the message, and commenters were lining up to express support for @BlackStewie and his call to make Zimmerman learn today, even though the Daily Caller has revealed that the address is not accurate.
For instance, Twitter user @Janae_Rosay responded by commenting that people need to get together and get Zimmerman: THATS WASSUP...... ayee ALL my n-----s bouta unite && get this b---- !!! kml....first flight to florida leqqqooo !
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The threats come on the heels of a March 22 press conference and rally organized by the so-called New Black Panther Party for Self Defense in Florida where members circulated posters calling for the arrest of George Zimmerman dead or alive for shooting Trayvon Martin.
On Tuesday, the New Black Panther Party updated that message, offering $10,000 to anyone who makes a citizen's arrest of Zimmerman.
And Monday's comments were not the first to call on people to visit Zimmerman at home and do him harm. On March 21, Twitter user @lilduval tweeted the following on March 21 (he has since taken the message down, thought it is available to view via other users' retweets):
They say this is George W. Zimmerman address. If u a killer fall thru 159 Edgewater Circle Sanford, Florida 32773.
As of Sunday, Zimmerman was reportedly hiding out in fear for his life, and his attorney said even he was unsure where his client was, according to NBC Miami.
The new round of threats against Zimmerman, who has not been arrested for killing Martin, come as protests and outrage against the killing reach a fever pitch across the United States.
A large, celebrity-packed protest against the handling of the Trayon Martin shooting case took place in Florida Monday night, as new criticisms of Martin's character and history, as well as the events of that fatal night, continue to emerge.
The Orlando Sentinel reported Monday that Zimmerman told Sanford police that he was punched in the head and left bloody after being attacked by Martin that night, leaving him with no option but to shoot the youth. The paper went on to state that witnesses corroborrated much of his account.
New pictures of Trayvon Martin with gold teeth, evidence that he may have acted violently in the past (Yu ain't tell me you swung on a bus driver, Martin's cousin wrote to him on Twitter on Feb. 21, according to Yahoo! News), and a history of behavioral problems and suspensions at his school have also surfaced as the media firestorm around the shooting case continues to swirl.