This is just added evidence as to how unreasonable and downright stupid many of these Trayvon Martin supporters are. They’re threatening people in other states who live hundreds of miles away, completely removed from the state of Florida?? How can you not know when you’re calling to make a threatening phone call to George Zimmerman that it’s not a Florida number you’re calling? Someone with two brain cells to rub together would probably go ‘Hey, wait a minute, this isn’t a Florida area code. Is this the right number I’m calling?’ Or maybe they don’t care and just want to vent. Part of me almost wishes there had been more rioting after the verdict so we could have watched law enforcement gas and taze these idiots on cable news.
Death threats were the last type of phone calls George A. Zimmermann, 78, thought he’d get after serving for 55 years as his Pennsylvania community’s preacher.
And he never thought he’d be mistaken for the man headlining news these days: George Zimmerman, the Sanford, Fla., neighborhood watch volunteer acquitted in the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin in February 2012.
Zimmermann, 78, retired to Deland, Fla., 16 years ago from his post at Georgetown United Methodist Church in Paradise, Pa. He says his time in Florida had been relatively peaceful and uneventful – until the phone calls began trickling in.
According to Zimmermann, he started receiving the calls immediately after Zimmerman (with one n), 29, shot the teenager.
“In the beginning, I received four or five calls,” Zimmermann says. “I’d say, ‘Hey, you got the wrong person. I don’t live in Sanford.’ And then it stopped.”
Until the first night of the trial.
On June 25, Zimmermann was awakened by two calls in the middle of the night from protesters, although he says they were tame in comparison with the one he received July 14, a day after the verdict was reached.
“Hey (expletive), you’re the one who killed Trayvon Martin, when your (expletive) get out, you’re dead,” the caller said in a message left on the answering machine. “Wherever you go, you’re dead. Wherever you’re trying to hide, you’re dead. Watch your (expletive) move. You think you’re free. You’re not. You better get ready to dig a 6-foot hole, cause you know you’re fixing to go,” according to a report by Daytona news station WFVT.
Since Trayvon was killed, a number of individuals with unintentional ties to Zimmerman have been accosted in similar cases of mistaken identity:
• A Florida man who had never owned a cellphone before being released from prison in May 2012 was randomly assigned the number Zimmerman was using when he called 911 the night he killed Trayvon. Junior Alexander Guy, then 49, received multiple intimidating phone calls before changing his number.
• Lori Tankel of Winter Park, Fla., was forced to change her number after receiving nearly 100 calls from protesters assuming she was Zimmerman, reports Florida news station WFTV. Her cellphone number was one digit removed from Zimmerman’s old number.
• Although he lived thousands of miles away from Sanford, Jorge Zimmerman of Cumberland, R.I., received nearly half a dozen or so angry messages sent to his Facebook page from individuals accusing him of murdering Trayvon, says Rhode Island news station WPRI. He has deactivated his Facebook account.