Robert Zimmerman reported to the Daily Mail this week that his family is scared for their lives and receives up to 400 death threats per minute.
Robert, whose brother, George Zimmerman, was found not guilty for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, which occurred in Sanford, FL, in Feb. 2012, is now being targeted for his brother’s charges of which he was acquitted.
Robert discussed his family’s fear of being attacked and killed by those who believe his brother should’ve been convicted.
“You don’t know if someone stops you in public and says, ‘excuse me sir,’ you don’t know if you dropped your wallet or if someone recognizes you and wants to kill you,” Zimmerman said.
Zimmerman explained an incident at a Washington, D.C. Starbucks, when customers and Starbucks employees mistook Robert for his brother George. One Starbucks employee threatened, “Yeah, but you look like that motherf**cker and if you were anyone of the Zimmerman’s we were going to take you outside and beat the sh*t out of you.”
Zimmerman mentioned that most of the threats come from social media sources, but many do not even allude to Trayvon Martin.
“We have to monitor social media and the Internet to see if there are any rallies or protests organized to determine if it is safe for [our family] to leave the house,” Zimmerman stated.
The Zimmerman’s now rely on each other to stay alive and focus on supporting each other.
“I think the whole ordeal has taught us to rely on one another,” Zimmerman said. He explained the exhaustion of “knowing you have to stay in…constant communication because of threats,” has been extremely taxing on the family.
Should the Zimmerman’s have to fear for their lives?