Zimmerman: It Was All God's Plan

He apologizes to Martin family in Fox interview
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2012 10:41 PM CDT
Updated Jul 19, 2012 3:05 AM CDT

George Zimmerman apologized to Trayvon Martin's parents—and to America—in his first TV interview last night. Calling his shooting of the teen earlier this year a "tragic situation" and "the most difficult thing I'll ever go through in my life," Zimmerman offered an account of the face-off to Fox News' Sean Hannity. He said he was approached by a "confrontational" Trayvon outside his home, and that he shot the teen during a struggle as Trayvon tried to suffocate him, told Zimmerman he was "going to die," and made a move for Zimmerman's handgun. Zimmerman told Hannity that he routinely carried a gun, though not while he was at work.

"I feel it was all God's plan," said Zimmerman, who added that although he and his wife have no children, he loves his nephews "more than life." Of Trayvon's parents, Zimmerman said: "I am sorry that they buried their child. I can't imagine what it must feel like. And I pray for them daily." Trayvon's family said in a statement that Zimmerman clearly does not regret anything he did that night, CNN reports. "We must worship a different God because there is no way that my God would have wanted Zimmerman to kill my teenage son," said Travyon's father, Tracy. (More George Zimmerman stories.)

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