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article imageFor George Zimmerman's family, security remains 'great concern'

By Marcus Hondro     Aug 25, 2013 in Crime
George Zimmerman, the man found not guilty of second-degree murder or manslaughter for shooting and killing teen Trayvon Martin, has a family that remains uneasy. His brother, Robert, says security continues to be a great concern for their entire family.
“Security is, has been, and continues to be of great concern to every member of our family," Robert told Yahoo News in an email this week. "For obvious reasons.”
Robert Zimmerman: "Vigilantes" a concern
George Zimmerman's widely-watched trial concluded July 14 and since he has been a free man. However, Robert Zimmerman notes that his brother's freedom is curtailed by all the precautions he must take for his security. He said as much both to Yahoo and to Piers Morgan in a televised CNN interview in the days following the verdict.
"There are factions, there are groups, there are people that would want to take the law into their own hands as they perceive it, or be vigilantes in some sense," Robert Zimmerman told Morgan. "They think justice was not served, they won't respect the verdict no matter how it was reached and they will always present a threat to George and his family."
George Zimmerman: Tours Kel-Tec firearms
Robert's brother, who maintained self-defense during his trial, a stance supported by two witnesses and by injuries he suffered, including a broken nose, until recently has kept a low-profile since his acquittal. However, days ago he toured Kel-Tec firearms, the very company that made the semi-automatic handgun he used to shoot Martin.
Reports are that George Zimmerman is considering purchasing a tactical shotgun made by the company. The company did not confirm he was looking to purchase such a weapon but told media they do not sell directly to clients in any case.
His law firm, who remain in touch with George on a weekly basis, issued a statement that said in part that touring the factory that made the weapon he shot Trayvon Martin with was not something they would have advised their client to do, but wrote that how Zimmerman lives his life is his business.
Robert Zimmerman defended his brother's right to visit Kel-Tec.
“When a defendant is acquitted the presumption of innocence is maintained in our society," he said. "George is a free man and as such is entitled to visit, tour, frequent or patronize any business or locale he wishes.”
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