Elderly Couple's Address Mistakenly Tweeted As George Zimmerman's
An elderly couple was forced out of their home in fear after someone mistakenly tweeted that their address was George Zimmerman's, the man who shot Trayvon Martin. INSIDE EDITION has the story.
An elderly couple was forced to flee their home because it was wrongly identified as the address of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot Trayvon Martin to death.
It was a tweet that started it all. It said, "Everybody repost this: George W. Zmmerman" followed by an address in Sanford, Florida.
The wrong address went viral after it was retweeted by film director Spike Lee.
The couple's name isn't even Zimmerman, its McClain. 70-year-old Elaine and her 72-year-old husband David were inundated with hate mail and phone calls and had to move to a hotel.
"I picked the mail up and there was a letter in there addressed to George Zimmerman. It was kind of frightening," said David.
INSIDE EDITION was with them when they returned to their home Wednesday, terrified about what they would find.
"Hopefully we wont get any more and that this is the end of it," said David.
The police report filed after the shooting has been released. It classified the incident as a negligent homicide, manslaughter, unnecessary killing to prevent an unlawful act.
But the first police officer at the scene seems to corroborate Zimmerman's claim there was a violent struggle.
"His back appeared to be wet and was covered in grass as if he had been laying on his back on the ground. Zimmerman was also bleeding from his nose and back of his head," the report says.
The Trayvon Martin case is on the cover of the new People magazine on stands Friday. People reveals that Trayvon's father first discovered his son was dead when police showed him a photo of the body.
People staff writer, Charlotte Triggs told INSIDE EDITION, "He notified police for a missing person's report. When the cops showed up at the door, they showed him a picture of his dead son."
Illinois democrat Bobby Rush caused uproar in the House of Representatives Wednesday when he wore a hoodie.
"Just because someone wears a hoodie, does not make them a hoodlum," said Rush.
Rush was ordered removed from the chamber.
The rhetoric seems to be getting more intense everyday.
A bitter TV confrontation erupted between George Zimmerman's friend, Joe Oliver, and MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell.
"If you would allow me to answer your questions completely and fully then maybe we could go on with this discussion," said Oliver.
O'Donnell slammed Oliver and said, "The only reason, the only reason you believe George Zimmerman's account is some inexplicable gut feeling! That's not good enough for America!"
New York Times columnist Charles Blow joined in.
"You are claiming to be a friend or a confidante or an uncle or whatever you are claiming to be for George Zimmerman and you don't know anything about George Zimmerman," said Blow.
Adding more to the firestorm, Miami high school students who protested the shooting looted a neighborhood Walgreens store. Surveillance cameras showed them racing though the store. Not the way to honor the life and death of Trayvon Martin.
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