The shooter of Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman, has come out with a public statement, asking for money to help with mounting legal fees and living expenses. The official website, which has been verified by his lawyer (reports NBC), therealgeorgezimmerman.com is set up with a link to a paypal account, but is currently down (probably due to overwhelming traffic).
#Trayvon killer George Zimmerman launches official website letting supporters donate to legal defense; site currently unavailable... lulz
— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) April 9, 2012
We've included the full statement on the site below:
I am the real George Zimmerman. 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. This website's sole purpose is to ensure my supporters they are receiving my full attention without any intermediaries.
It has come to my attention that some persons and/or entities have been collecting funds, thinly veiled as my "Defense Fund" or "Legal Fund". 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.
I have created a Paypal account solely linked on this website as I would like to provide an avenue to thank my supporters personally and ensure that any funds provided are used only for living expenses and legal defense, in lieu of my forced inability to maintain employment. I will also personally, maintain accountability of all funds received. I reassure you, every donation is appreciated.