David and Elaine McClain, ages 72 and 70, have been forced to abandon their Florida home after a message on Twitter claiming that George Zimmerman, the self-appointed neighborhood watch leader who shot and killed Trayvon Martin lived at their address (159 Edgewater Circle. Sanford, Florida) went viral. Since then the elderly couple have been harassed with angry and threatening letters, hassled incessantly by the media and been confronted by their own neighbors, their son Chip Humble said to the Orlando Sentinel.
The original Tweet has been traced back to Marcus Devone Higgins of California, who is believed to have made the mistake because the woman's, William George Zimmerman (no connection to Trayvon Martin's murderer) lived briefly at the address in 1995. The Twitter message was also spread by @BlackStewie (aka: Dat N---- Stew Stew) as well as Spike Lee (250,000 followers), Will Smith, 50 Cent, LeBron James and over 4,000 other Twitter users.
The full message reads: George W. Zimmerman 159 Edgewater Circle. Sanford, Florida. 32773, y'all know what to do.. Retweet this. He gone learn today.
William Zimmerman originally used his mother and stepfather's address to register his car and obtain a driver's license, as well as register to vote. He also temporarily lived with the McClain's after graduating from college.
This is really scary, and I'm concerned for my family, William Zimmerman said, according to Fox News. It's scary because there are people who aren't mentally right and will take this information and run with it.
Anger of Trayvon Martin's death has reached a fevered pitched, with the New Black Panthers even offering a $10,000 dollar reward for his apprehension, Dead or Alive, according to flyers handed out a press conference.
In an interview with TSG, Elain McClain told TSG that she and her husband David were taking extreme precautions to stay safe.
We're keeping everything locked, she said.
The McClain's are now staying in an undisclosed hotel for their own safety.