George Zimmerman has established a website seeking online donations for living expenses and a possible legal defense should he be charged in the death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. Is it legit?
TheRealGeorgeZimmerman.com uses an American flag as a background with links to donate to Zimmerman via PayPal.
On Sunday February 26th, I was involved in a life altering event which led me to become the subject of intense media coverage. As a result of the incident and subsequent media coverage, I have been forced to leave my home, my school, my employer, my family and ultimately, my entire life, George Zimmerman writes on the website. This website's sole purpose is to ensure my supporters they are receiving my full attention without intermediaries.
Zimmerman's attorney, Craig Sommer, verified that the website is real, according to the Associated Press.
A special prosecutor in the Trayvon Martin case decided yesterday not to call a grand jury to consider charges against Zimmerman, the white and Hispanic community watch captain who killed Trayvon. That does not mean Zimmerman will not face charges, however. The special prosecutor can bring the charges in a criminal complaint.
The Trayvon Martin case sparked intensive debates over race and justice.
Martin left his father's girlfriend's home to go to a convenience store to grab some Skittles when Zimmerman saw the teen dressed in a hoodie and thought Trayvon was acting suspiciously.
Zimmerman called authorities and was told by a 911 dispatcher to let the police handle the teen, but Zimmerman chased after him anyway.
A struggle ensued and Trayvon was shot. Zimmerman contends he acted in self defense.
On the website, Zimmerman claims he has not received any funds collected through persons or entities claiming to acting in his interests.
I cannot attest to the validity of these other websites as I have not received any funds collected, intended to support my family and I through this trying, tragic time, Zimmerman wrote.
Zimmerman said he will personally account for any PayPal donations he receives, although it's unclear how he will do that.
As of Tuesday afternoon, there were 53 visits to the site, according to a ticker on the web page.
The website hints at Zimmerman giving his account of events of the shooting, including a section called The Facts.
But in the section Zimmerman only announces he is grateful for those who support him and says he cannot discuss details of the Trayvon Martin shooting incident.
There is also a section titled My Race, although there is no explanation, only a quote from Thomas Paine.
The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion, the quote reads.