The man at the center of the Trayvon Martin case has launched his own website and is asking for help to defray the costs of defending himself, CNN
George Zimmerman warns supports on www.therealgeorgezimmerman.com that there are outlets and groups claiming falsely to be raising money on his behalf.
"I am the real George Zimmerman," declares the website.
"On Sunday February 26th, I was involved in a life altering event which led me to become the subject of intense media coverage. As a result of the incident and subsequent media coverage, I have been forced to leave my home, my school, my employer, my family and ultimately, my entire life. This website's sole purpose is to ensure my supporters they are receiving my full attention without any intermediaries."
Zimmerman's was involved in the the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, an act he told police was self-defense. Zimmerman has not been charged in Martin's death, which has sparked a furor and protests in the small Florida communty of Sanford and nationwide.
The statement posted on therealgeorgezimmerman.com warns viewers that "some persons and/or entities have been collecting funds, thinly veiled as my 'Defense Fund' or 'Legal Fund.' I cannot attest to the validity of these other websites as I have not received any funds collected, intended to support my family and I through this trying, tragic time."
The site has a link where viewers can send donations to help pay for Zimmerman's lawers and living expenses "in lieu of my forced inability to maintain employment."
Zimmerman pledges to "personally maintain accountability of all funds received."
"I am grateful to my friends that have come to my aid, whether publicly or personally, never questioning my integrity or actions, understanding that I cannot discuss the details of the event on February 26th, and allowing law enforcement to proceed with their investigation unhindered," the 28-year-old Zimmerman wrote on another of the site's pages. "Once again, I thank you for your patience and I assure you, the facts will come to light."
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