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George Zimmerman's parents speak out about verdict


FLORIDA (WKOW) – George Zimmerman's parents are speaking out about the verdict that continues to spark national division and debate.

Although the verdict was in their favor, Gladys and Robert Zimmerman say they still fear for their son's life.

Robert Zimmerman says, "We've had an enormous amount of death threats.  George's legal counsel has had death threats.  The police chief of Sanford.  Many people have had death threats."

George Zimmerman was acquitted Saturday of second-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, but his parent's say the troubles their son faces are far from over.  Zimmerman is now in hiding and his parents say they don't even know where he is hiding.

Gladys Zimmerman says, "I don't know. Only time will tell.  Even for us who have not been living a normal life for the past months, it is hard because we have lost everything."

George Zimmerman's parents believe he will have to stay in hiding for a very long time.

As protests continue across the country, so do prayers.

George Zimmerman's parents share their words for Martin's family by saying, "We are deeply sorry for this tragedy.  Deeply sorry and we pray for the departed.  We pray for Trayvon Martin."

The Department of Justice continues to look into Martin's death to determine if Zimmerman committed any civil rights violation.

Martin's parents are also considering a wrongful death lawsuit, saying their son was killed in cold blood.

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