George Zimmerman gave an exclusive interview to Sean Hannity that aired yesterday, in which he expressed remorse for the events that led to Trayvon Martin’s death.
When Hannity asked what he would say to Martin’s parents, Zimmerman said:
“I would tell them that, again, I’m sorry. My wife and I don’t have any children. 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 they aren’t born yet. I am sorry that they buried their child. I can’t imagine what it must feel like. I pray for them daily.”
Asked about the incident itself, Zimmerman said that the reason he followed Martin was that Martin looked suspicious as he ran between houses that night. He continued that before the violence occurred, Martin had turned to face Zimmerman and “asked me what my problem was.” Zimmerman reached down to grab his cell phone to call 911 a second time, and when he did, he looked up and Martin punched him, breaking his nose. Zimmerman also stated that Martin said he was going to kill him.
Surprised that his shot had wounded Martin – “I didn’t think I hit him” – Zimmerman said he only later discovered that Martin had died. Zimmerman has been in hiding, and said that the last night he was home was the night of the shooting. Cries from some that he acted out of racism were false, he said: “I don’t think it’s fair that they rushed to judgment to assume that.”
Zimmerman ended by saying:
“I do want to tell everyone, my wife, my family, my parents, my grandmother, the Martins, the city of Sanford and America that I’m sorry that this happened. I hate to think that because of this incident, because of my actions, it’s polarized and divided American. And I’m truly sorry.”