George Zimmerman's parents launch their own fundraising website

Saturday , July 28, 2012 - 7:51 AM

Bianca Prieto

ORLANDO, Fla. - George Zimmerman’s parents, Robert and Gladys, appear to have recently launched a fundraising website in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting to help with living expenses.

The website’s purpose is three-fold, according to a lengthy message attributed to Zimmerman’s father on the homepage.

Robert Zimmerman wants to give the public a "brief and honest" description of their son who has been "portrayed savagely" in the media; explain what life has been like for the family since the Feb 26 shooting; and to ask for monetary support.

"My wife and I have only requested prayers thus far and we have refused to accept any donations or payments whatsoever for any purpose," Robert Zimmerman wrote on the website. "However, we fully realize that the peaceful, secure life we once knew is now just a memory."

Robert Zimmerman’s wrote a long message about his family, how the couple raised their children and why they relocated to Central Florida.

It also describes phone calls and letters from people who threatened to "kill anyone with George’s DNA."

After that note was left on the door of their Lake Mary home, Robert Zimmerman decided to relocate, according to the website. Since, the family has relocated several times.

George Zimmerman recently reactivated his own website, TheRealGeorgeZimmerman.com, with the stated hope of attracting his own donations to bolster his legal defense fund, which he says was largely depleted in so he could post the $1 million bond recently ordered by the judge in his second-degree murder case.

Zimmerman’s defense team also has its own website, as well as Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Zimmerman, a Neighborhood Watch volunteer, told police he shot Trayvon after the teenager knocked him to the ground, got on top of him and began pounding his head onto a sidewalk.

Prosecutors say Zimmerman profiled, pursued and killed the teen.

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)2012 The Orlando Sentinel (Orlando, Fla.)

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