George Zimmerman Said It Was God’s Plan For Him To Shot Trayvon Martin
George Zimmerman, accused of second-degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, told a television interviewer Wednesday that he would not have changed the circumstances leading up to the shooting and that he viewed the entire incident as “God’s plan.” At the very end of the interview, however, after commercial breaks and with his lawyer by his side, Zimmerman asked “to readdress on whether I’d do anything differently.”
“I do wish that there was something, anything I could have done that would have put me in the position that I wouldn’t have to take his life,” Zimmerman told Sean Hannity on Fox News Channel. “I’m sorry that this happened. I hate to think that because of this incident, because of my actions, that it’s polarized and divided America.”
Earlier in the interview, when Hannity asked Zimmerman if he regretted the specific actions of carrying a gun or getting out of his car to follow Martin that February night, the neighborhood watchman said that he didn’t. “I feel that it was all God’s plan, and for me to second guess it or judge it,” he said, trailing off. Asked, “Is there anything you might do differently?” Zimmerman said, “No, sir.”
“Zimmerman said that he does not regret getting out of his vehicle, he does not regret following Trayvon, in fact he does not regret anything that he did that night,” the family said in a statement released through an attorney, Ben Crump. “He wouldn’t do anything different and he concluded it was God’s plan.” “We must worship a different God,” added Tracy Martin, Trayvon Martin’s father, “because there is no way that my God would have wanted George Zimmerman to kill my teenage son.”
Zimmerman has said that he shot Martin after Martin knocked him down, banged his head on the pavement and threatened his life, and he believed Martin was going for his handgun. He repeated his claim to Hannity. He said he was particularly upset by the racial aspects of the case and media coverage. “I’m not a racist and I’m not a murderer,” he said.
Zimmerman said he grew suspicious of Martin after spotting the black teen in a hoodie while on an evening errand for groceries. He said Martin was moving between houses in the rain and didn’t look like a resident or a fitness enthusiast out for a run. He believed Martin spotted him and made movements toward his waistband, as if to suggest that he had a weapon, he told Hannity.
“I was on the phone [with a police dispatcher] but I was certain I could see him saying something to me and his demeanor was confrontational,” Zimmerman said. Zimmerman told Hannity he’d like to have the opportunity to apologize to Martin’s family. “I would tell them that, again, I’m sorry,” he said.
“My wife and I don’t have any children,” he said. “I have nephews that I love more than life. I love them more than myself. And I know when they were born, it was a different unique bond and love that I have with them. And I love my children even though that they aren’t born yet. “I am sorry that they buried their child,” he added. “I can’t imagine what it must feel like. And I pray for them daily.”