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GZ Interview With Univision Translated Transcript

GZ Interview With Univision Translated Transcript

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George Zimmerman interviewed by Spanish media - This is the Univision Transcript.
George Zimmerman interviewed by Spanish media - This is the Univision Transcript.

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Below is the English translation of Univision’s interview with George Zimmerman.

Following the English translation, please find the Spanish transcript of the interview. If you have any questions, please contact Jose a!ora" #ose$a!ora%univision.net.

UNIVISION NEWS TRANSCRIPT Program: Content: Air Date: ey I!" GZ" I#ia !a#der$n George Zimmerman Aquí y Ahora Interview with George Zimmerman Sunday, February 16, 2014

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George, than% you very mu&h 'or a&&e(ting thi) interview with *nivi)ion+ ,e## u) what your #i'e wa) #i%e be'ore February o' 2012+ -orma#+ .hat were you doing/ I wa) wor%ing+ I wa) em(#oyed, you &now, norma##y 40 hour)+ I wa) )tudying to be a #awyer00or a (o#i&e o''i&er or a 1udge+ And I wa) a#)o, um, )(ending a #ot o' time in the gym to #o)e weight+ 2y other, um, (a)time wa) having the %id) I wa) mentoring+ So that i) what I wa) doing wee% to wee%+ .hen did you de&ide to vo#unteer a) a wat&hman 'or your neighborhood/ I didn3t want to be what i) &a##ed in 4ng#i)h the -eighborhood .at&h+ .hat ha((ened wa) that the neighbor had an in&ident where they entered her hou)e, um, to rob her, and )he had her nine0month0o#d )on in the hou)e+ 2y wi'e at the time, um, )he )aw the (eo(#e who had done the robbery running in our, um, yard+

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And )he got rea##y )&ared and wanted to move+ And I to#d her, 56e'ore we move,7 be&au)e we didn3t have the, uh, 'inan&ia# mean) to move whenever we wanted, I to#d her, 58ur a))o&iation ha) a, uh, -eighborhood .at&h 9rogram+ So #et me ta#% with the :8A, with the;a## the owner), and #et3) )ee what &an be done to )tart, uh, um, being more, um007 I!" GZ" 2ore (roa&tive in the &ommunity/ 2ore (roa&tive, ye), e<a&t#y, and get together and at #ea)t get the (hone number) o', you %now, a## the neighbor) and everything #i%e that+ ,hen they to#d me that they did have the (rogram in e''e&t, but un'ortunate#y, they didn3t have time to00 nobody had time to rea##y be, um, a &oordinator+ ,hen I )aid that i' nobody wa) going to do it, um, a&tua##y, they to#d me, 5I' nobody i) going to do it and you3re worried, why don3t you do it/7 And, having, a) I to#d you, to wor%, to go to )&hoo# and everything, I )aid, 58%ay+ I have to do )omething, )o+++)o that my wi'e wi## 'ee# better+7 It wa) a#)o a way to get to %now my neighbor)+ ,he (ro)e&ution de)&ribed you a) )omeone who wa) 'ru)trated be&au)e you wanted to be a (o#i&e o''i&er, and you 1u)t to#d me that at one (oint in your #i'e you wanted to be a (o#i&e o''i&er+ I) that de)&ri(tion rea#/ .a) there )ome 'ru)tration in your heart be&au)e you &ou#dn3t be a (o#i&e o''i&er or be&au)e you weren3t a (o#i&e o''i&er at that (oint/ -o+ I had wanted to be a (o#i&e o''i&er )in&e I wa) a %id, and I thought that wa) the be)t way to he#( young (eo(#e in the &ommunity+ 6ut wor%ing with &hi#dren in the (rogram a) a mentor, I )aw that when you3re00on&e they get to the (oint where the (o#i&e need to intervene, it3) too #ate, un'ortunate#y+ And that wa) the (oint where I &ho)e to either be a #awyer or to &ontinue on and be a 1udge+ So I wa) never 'ru)trated about that+ I a#way) %new00I %new what I thought I &ou#d be at )ome (oint, but I00I wanted to have an im(a&t on young (eo(#e+ .hat did you ta#% about with tho)e %id), with that grou( o' %id) that00that you had/ 4verything+ 4verything in the wor#d+ For e<am(#e, what )ub1e&t) did you di)&u))/ .hat advi&e did you give them/ Advi&e, um, the (rogram he#(ed u) a #ot with, um, (rogram), or, um, 'or e<am(#e, on&e a wee%00on&e a month, )orry, they had, um, they too% u) a## to (#ay, um, ba)%etba##, or to )ome %ind o' )how+ 6ut in the (rogram I wa) in, every00men are with ma#e), and women are with 'ema#e)+ So, um, my %id) a#way) wanted to ta#% to me about whatever, the00the %id), you %now, 'rom 1= to 16 year) o' age , um, they want to %now what %ind o' &ar) I #i%e; A#)o, when they had (rob#em), the (arent) wou#d &a## me and a)% me, you %now, 5!an you &ome over/ !an you ta#% to them/7 *m, and 1u)t )(end )ome time with them+ And a#)o00what wa) more

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im(ortant than anything wa) to #i)ten to them, be&au)e they have a #ot to )ay, and it3)00 I!" GZ" I!" GZ" I!" GZ" I!" GZ" I!" GZ" >ou be&ame a big brother o' )ort) to tho)e %id)+ 4<a&t#y+ A &oun)e#or+ 4<a&t#y, ye)+ :ave you )(o%en any more with tho)e %id)/ 8h, ye)+ Ab)o#ute#y+ ,hat3) good+ >e)+ I 1u)t )aw them over !hri)tma)+ ?et3) move on, George, to the night o' the in&ident+ ,e## me what ha((ened that night+ *n'ortunate#y, the 9re)ident ordered the @u)ti&e Ae(artment to &ondu&t an inve)tigation to )ee i' I had vio#ated anybody3) &ivi# right)+ And whi#e that inve)tigation i) going on, I &an3t )ay anything more about e<a&t#y what ha((ened Bother than what ha) a#ready been )aid+ Any more than what we a#ready %now ha((ened+ >e), ma3am+ 6ut I want to a)% you, a'ter a## o' that ha((ened, when did you rea#iCe that the young man that you )hot wa) dead/ At the o''i&e o' the (o#i&e, at the (o#i&e )tation+ And I )aid that on &amera+ .hen you )hot him, what wa) your 'ir)t rea&tion/ .hat did you do/ Fir)t I tho00um, I wa) a'raid it had gone through hi) &#othe) and that it wa) going to go di)00get #o)t, and, um, you %now, go into a hou)e and00be&au)e the young man wa) )ti## ta#%ing to me, a) I have )aid+ So I thought that it hadn3t;a''e&ted him, and I got worried, and I )aid, 5I ho(e that it ha)n3t00that the bu##et ha)n3t hit a neighbor+7 6ut I on#y %new that the atta&% )to((ed+ Immediate#y+ >ou &a##ed an ambu#an&e/ Aid you a)% 'or he#(/

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And )e&ond) a'ter that ha((ened, a man arrived with a '#a)h#ight, and he00I had a#ready &a##ed the (o#i&e, a) everyone %now), and I %new that the (o#i&e were nearby+ ,hat wa) one o' the rea)on) that I &ontinued, ah, ye##ing, 5:e#(, he#(, he#(,7 be&au)e I thought the (o#i&e were nearby and were 1u)t #oo%ing 'or u)+ ,hen, when the man &ame with the '#a)h#ight, I thought he wa) a (o#i&e o''i&er, )o there wa) no00there wa)n3t even time to &a## the (o#i&e+ >ou a)% 'or he#(+ Aoe) he a#)o a)% 'or he#(/ -o+ :e doe)n3t )ay a word/ *m, he %ee() te##ing me to )hut u(, to )hut my mouth, in 4ng#i)h, (ro'anity+ And at the end, that he3) going to %i## me+ :i) (arent) a##ege that the voi&e heard a)%ing 'or he#( wa) that o' their )on and not your)+ DSha%ing hi) head to )ay noE .ho)e voi&e wa) it/ 2ine+ Ab)o#ute#y+ :ow mu&h time (a))ed 'rom the )hooting in&ident unti# the (o#i&e arrived/ Ah;I wou#d )ay that it wa) #e)) than a minute, I imagine+ :one)t#y, it )eemed #i%e an eternity+ At )ome (oint did you )it down to thin% and )ay to your)e#', 5I )hou#d have waited 'or the (o#i&e to arrive+ I )hou#d have %e(t 'ighting him hand0to0hand+ I )hou#dn3t have )hot him7/ A## the time he wa) atta&%ing me, I wa), um, a)%ing him, begging him to )to( )o that it wou#dn3t have to e)&a#ate to the (oint he e)&a#ated it to+ 6ut didn3t you 'ee# at )ome (oint, 5I )hou#d have waited7/ 00a'ter, be'ore, during the atta&%;I don3t under)tand, e<&u)e me+ A'ter you )hot him, the (o#i&e arrived, you didn3t 'ee# at )ome (oint that, maybe in )u&h a )hort time that )eemed to you #i%e an eternity, a) you to#d me, you &ou#d have waited and %e(t 'ighting him hand0to0hand in)tead o' )hooting him/

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-o, he )aw my gun and he to#d me he wa) going to %i## me, and I rea#iCed that he wa) te##ing the truth+ I mean, he wa)n3t (#aying around+ .hy do you )ay that he wa) te##ing the truth/ 6e&au)e I a)%ed him to )to(, he obviou)#y %new I wa) hurt and the neighbor, uh, @ohn Good, to#d him to )to( and that he wa) &a##ing the (o#i&e and the young man didn3t &are, he %e(t atta&%ing+ So, I %new that he wa)n3t going to )to( even though he %new that )omebody had )een and that the (o#i&e were &oming, he didn3t &are+ .ho did you &a## 'ir)t/ 2y wi'e+ And what did you te## her/ ,hat I had been in a, um, that they were (utting me00+ :one)t#y, I don3t remember e<a&t#y, but my, my goa# wa) to te## her that I wa) not the one who wa), uh, that had been )hot and that i' )he heard thing) or )aw thing) that )he )hou#dn3t worry, thin%ing that I had been )hot+ At any (oint did you 'ee# that maybe you )hou#d have gone into your hou)e, not )tay out there, you had a#ready &a##ed the (o#i&e, wait )a'e#y in)ide your hou)e with your wi'e, and not be out there 'o##owing him/ Again, that3) one o' tho)e que)tion) that I &an3t an)wer right now, with the 9re)ident, in the )ituation that the 9re)ident ha) (ut u) in, um, and the @u)ti&e Ae(artment &ondu&ting the inve)tigation+ Aid you go to the, to the (o#i&e )tation that night/ >e), ma3am+ >ou remained 'ree/ *h, te&hni&a##y the ne<t morning, a'ter00 ,he ne<t day/ >e), ma3am+ .hen you remained 'ree, did they give you ba&% your gun/ -o+ -o+ .here did you go a'ter being #e't 'ree/

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*h, that day, right then, we )tayed at the home o' )ome 'riend)+ 2y wi'e had a#ready brought &#othe) and a toothbru)h, uh, (er)ona# &are )tu'', 'or two or three day)+ 6ut right then, we went to )ome 'riend)3 home, my 'riend 2ar% 8)terman who )(o%e, who wa) a witne)) in &ourt 'or me, and Sandra, hi) wi'e, who a#)o )(o%e+ .hy did you de&ide to go to )ome 'riend)3 home and not to your own home/ Fir)t o' a##, I didn3t have a &ar, )o, I didn3t have a way to go to my, to return to my home, but;the )ho&% i) )o great that you go with whatever (eo(#e te## you, where they te## you to go+ So, uh, and hone)t#y, I 'e#t more #i%e my 'riend 2ar% 8)terman i) a, uh, Federa# Air 2ar)ha#, and I 'e#t )a'er in hi) hou)e+ And not 1u)t be&au)e o' )a'ety, but be&au)e, you %now, you %now, I %new they had 'ood there, that I had 'riend), (eo(#e, and to he#( me )(iritua##y to have a great 'riend, and at that (oint I 'e#t that that00 >ou needed emotiona# he#( at that (oint/ :ow wa) the )ho&% o' %nowing that++ Ab)o#ute#y; ,hat you had )hot and %i##ed )omeone+ >e)+ :ow did George Zimmerman 'ee# at that moment/ *h, )ad, very )ad+ *h, with a #ot o' que)tion) and no an)wer)+ And I didn3t have the an)wer) 'or anything+ So+ ,here3) a (oint where you di)a((ear+ >e), )evera#+ .here did you go/ Ae(end) whi&h one)+ 6e'ore turning your)e#' in+ 6e'ore I turned my)e#' in I went to, &#o)e to where, um, I wa) born and rai)ed, in the A+!+ area, -orthern Firginia, (art o' Firginia and 2ary#and, &#o)e to there, and I )tayed there 'or a#mo)t a month+ .ith whom/ .ere you in &onta&t with your 'ami#y/

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>e), but the re&e(tion on my &e## (hone wa)n3t good, there wa) no Internet, there wa) no &ab#e and, uh, &ommuni&ation wa) very #imited+ *h, but in, now, #oo%ing ba&%, I rea#iCe that that wa) more o' a b#e))ing, that I didn3t have &ab#e, that I didn3t have Internet, that I didn3t )ee everything that (eo(#e were )aying+ So, uh, we were )a'e 'or hour), )o+ Aid you 'ee# )a'e/ >e)+ .hat were you thin%ing/ .hat wa) going through your mind when you remembered what had ha((ened that night/ *h, I 'e#t )a'e, to &#ari'y, uh, I 'e#t )a'e when I wa) with other (eo(#e+ And when 'ami#y member) &ame to vi)it me or to, but at night or when nobody wa) around, it wa) terri'ying be&au)e that wa), it wa) at that time when they (ut a bounty, uh, they o''ered G10,000 to %i## me, whi&h at one (oint the 9re)ident &ho)e not to re&ogniCe+ And at that time I00there were )&anda#) that (eo(#e had )aid that there wa), it wa) G100,000 or G1,000,000 to %i## me+ .ho to#d you that they had o''ered a reward/ -o, it wa) done (ub#i&#y+ ,hey had demon)tration) and they had, um, (a(er) with my 'a&e and my name on them, and they )aid, in 4ng#i)h, 5Heward, dead or a#ive, wanted G10,000+7 And even though the (o#i&e had the name) o' the (eo(#e who had tho)e (a(er) and who wanted to %i## me, they &ho)e to, not to any o' them+ So, at that time, when I rea#iCed the gravity o' the )ituation and when my 'ami#y began to re&eive threat), at that time I be&ame rea##y terri'ied+ From one minute to the ne<t, your 'a&e be&ame notoriou), the who#e &ountry and the wor#d %new who George Zimmerman wa), and your (hoto wa) everywhere+ :ow did you dea# with that notoriety/ *h, that i) a que)tion that ha) )o many an)wer) 'or me be&au)e, hone)t#y, not the wor#d, not the nation, nobody %new who George Zimmerman wa)+ *h, the wor#d %new who, uh, te#evi)ion, the, how the new) )tation) had de)&ribed me+ 6ut they didn3t %now me a) a (er)on+ *h, )o, to an)wer you, rea##y;+it3) a &hange that I am )ti##, uh, trying to ad1u)t to every day+ *h, there3) no good an)wer but, uh, it3) a radi&a# &hange in your #i'e+ :ow ha) your #i'e &hanged/ *h, I &an3t do anything that (eo(#e, uh, who are not re&ogniCed &an do+ *h, I &an3t go to a re)taurant and )it down at a tab#e and not have to worry about, you %now, )omebody trying to murder me or00

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In other word), how do you 'ee# when you go out on the )treet/ >ou go to the )u(ermar%et, you go to a re)taurant, you go to a (ar%+ :ow doe) George Zimmerman 'ee#/ .e were ta#%ing about how your #i'e &hanged be&au)e o' the in&ident o' February o' 2012, um, be&au)e your 'a&e be&ame notoriou)+ .hat i) George Zimmerman3) #i'e #i%e today/

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I3m )ti## )&ared, obviou)#y+ ,here are )ti## threat) again)t me and my 'ami#y+ *h, I )ti## have, a) I to#d you, the inve)tigation by the F6I or the *+S+ @u)ti&e Ae(artment++++ I never %now what3) going to ha((en, but, uh, I than% God 'or every day and I try to #ive my #i'e a) mu&h a) I &an+ *h, I don3t want to mi)) tho)e moment) with my 'ami#y that, uh, that thi) (ro&e)) ha) a#ready )to#en 'rom me+ .hat ha((ened that day ha) generated a #ot o' 'ee#ing) among, among the (ub#i& in genera#+ It ha) generated 'ee#ing) o' hatred, it ha) generated 'ee#ing) o' revenge, a), um, you to#d me 1u)t now, there are other (eo(#e who )u((ort what you did and who be#ieve that you, um, did what you had to do at that moment+ 8vera##, o(inion) are very, very &on'#i&ting+ 6ut that (art you have to#d me about, about how they re&ogniCe you, about how you don3t 'ee# good, about how you 'ear 'or your #i'e, don3t you thin% it3) a &on)equen&e o' what ha((ened in February o' 2012+ It3) a &on)equen&e o' what the (re)) did with the in&ident in 2012, in February+ >ou don3t thin% it3) be&au)e o' the 'a&t that you 'ired gun/ !orre&t+ -o, obviou)#y not+ .hy do you b#ame the (re)) 'or what i) ha((ening to you/ 6e&au)e o' the way they (ortrayed the )tory, the way that they wanted to (ortray it to ma%e it more )en)ationa#+ *m, )o, to an)wer you, I don3t thin% that that wa) a &on)equen&e o' what ha((ened that night be&au)e obviou)#y the, uh, you &an )ee the, uh, number) in the )tati)00 Stati)ti&)+ 00>e), ma3am+ :ow many time) doe) that ha((en in the *nited State), and how many time) it goe) without new) &overage #i%e mine+ .hat do you thin% ha((ened in thi) &a)e, then/ In; In your &a)e with ,rayvon 2artin+

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.hat wa) the di''eren&e00 .hat ha((ened/ .hat i) the di''eren&e 'rom the other &a)e) that you )ay ha((en/ I don3t %now, I hone)t#y &an3t an)wer 'or the 1ourna#i)t)+ >ou wou#d have to a)% them+ 9re)ident 8bama )(o%e about thi) &a)e and, and he )aid that 5he &ou#d have been ,rayvon 2artin =I year) ago,7 and he a#)o )aid that 5it &ou#d be hi) own )on,7 and he &a##ed to end di)&rimination, )o to )(ea%, o' A'ri&an0Ameri&an)+ .hat did you thin% when you heard 9re)ident 8bama3) word) about thi) &a)e, in whi&h you are invo#ved/ *()et, )ad, di)a((ointed+ .hy/ I wa) a, uh, huge )u((orter o', o' 9re)ident 8bama+ *h, and a## my 'riend), my 'ami#y %new it, they %new it, and when everything 'ir)t &ame out and (eo(#e )tarted to )end (etition) to the .hite :ou)e, uh, the )(o%e)man, @ay !arney, )aid that thi) i) a )tate &a)e, we aren3t going to do, the *nited State) and the 'edera# government have no bu)ine)) &ommenting about thi), about thi) inve)tigation+ *m, and then )udden#y the 9re)ident, with the e#e&tion a#mo)t here, de&ided to ma%e a &omment that )eemed to me, that )eemed un'air to me, e)(e&ia##y, a'ter )aying that they weren3t going to &omment+ >ou mention the e#e&tion+ >ou thin% that 9re)ident 8bama mentioned thi) &a)e be&au)e he wanted to gain more )u((orter), he wanted to win more vote)/ ,hat3) it, ab)o#ute#y+ ,hat3) what you be#ieve+ :e )aw it a) an o((ortunity+ George, you te## me that the (re)) ha) twi)ted what ha((ened, and ha) )aid whatever it wanted to )ay, but you haven3t to#d your ver)ion o' what ha((ened, either+ So, when are we going to hear your ver)ion, why don3t you te## it to me now/ .hi&h o', o', e<a&t#y00 >ou )ay that the (re)) twi)ted around what ha((ened that night in February o' 2012+ ,e## me what ha((ened/

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8h, ye)+ *h, a) I )aid to you, again, I &an3t di)00)(ea% about the detai#) be&au)e o' the inve)tigation that the *nited State) ha), but about the 'a&t that what ha((ened; He(orter) made a&&u)ation) that, with no ba)i)+ For e<am(#e/ ,hat I wa) ra&i)t+ And are you ra&i)t/ Ab)o#ute#y not+ Aid you e)tab#i)h a (ro'i#e to, to de)&ribe ,rayvon 2artin that night/ ,hat i), did you (ro'i#e him a) a (o))ib#e &rimina# in your neighborhood/ -o, I an)wered the que)tion) that I wa) being a)%ed, on the te#e(hone+ ,he 'ir)t thing you )aid during the J11 &a## i) that a #ot o' robberie) had ha((ened and that they were brea%ing in to hou)e) in your neighborhood and that you 'e#t a'raid be&au)e you were )eeing )omething )u)(i&iou)+ I) that true or not/ >e), ab)o#ute#y+ I' ,rayvon 2artin had been wearing a 1a&%et and tie, or i' he had been a white or @ewi)h youth wearing a hoodie, wou#d you have 'e#t the )ame 'ear/ *h, the inve)tigator a)%ed me that the 'ir)t night or the )e&ond day, and I to#d him e<a&t#y how I 'ee#, and ye), I wou#d have 'e#t the )ame way+ Any (er)on wa#%ing through your neighborhood on that rainy night wou#d have made you 'ee# a'raid/ I don3t %now, it wa)n3t )im(#y be&au)e he wa) wa#%ing in the neighborhood+ :e wa) at, a#mo)t in the midd#e o' the hou)e) and he wa) wa#%ing ;very )#ow, uh, #ight#y, and #oo%ing at the hou)e) in a way that I thought wa) )trange+ *h, )o, no, it wa)n3t )im(#y that he wa) a (er)on wa#%ing though the, the rain+ I' I )aw )omebody in a &oat and tie wa#%ing #ight#y, I wou#d thin% )omething i) )u)(i&iou), that a (er)on doe)n3t mind being out in the rain+ I have read arti&#e) about A'ri&an0Ameri&an mother) who have #o)t their &hi#dren be&au)e o' gun vio#en&e, and they are tired o' )eeing their inno&ent or unarmed &hi#dren die, be&au)e o' the way they dre)) or the way they a&t or the mu)i& they #i)ten to+ .hat me))age do you have 'or tho)e mother)/ .hat do you thin% o' them/ ,hey are tired o' burying their &hi#dren+

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8bviou)#y, 'or any A'ri&an0Ameri&an, 2e<i&an, Ameri&an, 9eruvian, ma#e or 'ema#e, nobody want) to bury their &hi#d, and I under)tand that 100 (er&ent+ 6ut, uh, we have to )ee the root o' the (rob#em and try to )o#ve it be'ore a )ituation #i%e what ha((ened with me ha((en) again+ And what do you thin% i) the root o' the (rob#em/ *h, 'rom what I3ve )een with the, um, my wor% with my %id), )ometime) (eo(#e 1u)t #et them (a)) by, they 'orget, um, about the %id) who don3t )how an e<traordinary ta#ent in, )ay, )(ort), or who don3t have a 4+0 in )&hoo#+ And I thin% a## &hi#dren need, uh, (o)itive (eo(#e in their #ive), mother, 'ather, or the two, and a) they )ay, 5 it ta%e) a vi##age,7 a#mo)t the who#e &ity to ma%e )ure that %id) have )omething (o)itive to %ee( them entertained, rather than doing thing) that are, um, not )o (o)itive+ 8%ay, but we rea##y don3t %now i' ,rayvon 2artin wa) doing anything negative that night+ :e wa)n3t armed, either+ :e wa)00 .hen did you rea#iCe that he wa)n3t armed/ I never did, be&au)e the way he wa) hitting me, the way he wa) throwing my head into the &on&rete, I thought he &ou#d be armed+ Aid he threaten you/ Aid he )ay anything to you/ Aid he te## you he had a wea(on/ Aid he ma%e a ge)ture with hi) hand, (ut it in hi) (o&%et or )omething #i%e that, that made you thin% that your #i'e wa) rea##y in danger/ Ab)o#ute#y+ .hen he )aw my handgun and #oo%ed at it and to#d me that he wa) going to %i## me that night, uh, that wa) enough o' a threat a'ter the way he had atta&%ed me+ So, I 'e#t hi) hand going 'or my wea(on+ Aid you 'ee# that he wanted to grab your wea(on/ Ab)o#ute#y+ And there i) no que)tion in my mind+ Are you )ure about what you did that night/ 100 (er&ent+ Ao you thin% it wa) the right thing to do/ I thin% that i) going to )tay in my mind and between God and me, but, um, I %now that i' I didn3t a&t, a&t the way I did, um, I wou#dn3t be here+ So+

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Ao you thin% he wou#d have %i##ed you/ I %now that 'or )ure, ye)+ 6y hitting you/ 8r with my (i)to#+ 8ne way or another+ >ou #i%ed to bo<, and you wor%ed out in the gym+ So you weren3t a wea% man+ >ou were a )trong man+ .hy didn3t you de&ide to %ee( 'ighting and batt#ing with him in)tead o' getting to the (oint o' having to u)e the gun/ ,hat3) a very good que)tion+ *m, and; there i) a di''eren&e between bo<ing when00and a )ituation that i) &ontro##ed, with at #ea)t a re'eree, um, and a00dra)00 dra)ti& di''eren&e 'rom )omebody who throw) a (un&h at your no)e and brea%) your no)e, at a moment when you3re not e<(e&ting that they3re going to (un&h you+ *m, and I3m giving you the e<am(#e o' bo<ing and the &ontro#00the &ontro##ed &ondition)00but in 'a&t, a) my trainer )aid in &ourt, I wa)n3t training 'or bo<ing+ I wa) training to #o)e weight+ !ou#dn3t you get him o'' o' you/ -o+ .a) he that )trong/ Again, when you have your head being hit re(eated#y again)t &on&rete, you have a bro%en no)e, your eye) 'u## o' b#ood and tear), you3re not in a (o)ition to do mu&h o' anything+ :ow did George Zimmerman de&ide to turn him)e#' in to the authoritie)/ .hen, and what3) it #i%e, ma%ing that de&i)ion to turn your)e#' in and 'a&e 1u)ti&e/ *m, o%ay+ ,o &#ari'y, I turned my)e#' in twi&e+ *h, and it wa) hard to )ay goodbye to my 'ami#y, and to my dog, but the de&i)ion wa) ea)y+ I (rayed, uh, I a)%ed God, and I did what I thought wa) right+ I a#way), uh, wanted to &oo(erate with the (o#i&e and, uh, I to#d them )evera# time), you %now, 5I' you need me, &ome get me+ .e don3t have to ma%e a )how o' it+7 2y 'ami#y wa) with me )evera# time), and I )aid, 5I don3t want them to be invo#ved+ I3## turn my)e#' in+7 And I didn3t 1u)t )ay, 5:ere I amK &ome ta%e me to 1ai#+7 I drove 'rom where I wa) in Firginia to F#orida to turn my)e#' in, uh, and both time) I turned my)e#' in+ And, a) I to#d you, the harde)t thing wa) )aying goodbye, but the de&i)ion it)e#' wa) )im(#e+ It wa) )im(#e+ .hat wa) your bigge)t 'ear when you were in &u)tody/

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,hat )omething might ha((en to my 'ami#y and I wa) not going to be ab#e to he#( them in any way+ .hat wa) your #i'e #i%e on the in)ide/ *h, )trange#y, it brought me &#o)er to God+ *h, I had (#enty o' time to )tudy the 6ib#e and (ray+ *h, the00 :ave you a#way) been a be#iever/ >e)+ Ao you thin% thi) in&ident brought you &#o)er to God/ -o, ma3am+ It wa) a#way), uh, even when I wa) I &hi#d I wa) an a#tar boy, um, a #i'e#ong !atho#i&+ *h, but in 1ai#, the mo)t )ur(ri)ing thing wa) that everybody )u((orted me, 'rom the guard) to the (eo(#e who were in 1ai#+ .hat did they )ay to you/ *h, 5%ee( your head u(K7 the (eo(#e who were in 1ai#, uh, to#d me, you %now, 5have 'aith, God doe) everything 'or a rea)on,7 uh, and the guard) a#way) treated me #i%e anybody e#)e, uh, who wa) in 1ai#+ ,hey treated me with re)(e&t, tremendou)#y, 1u)t #i%e they treat everybody+ >ou te## me that you are a )trong be#iever, that you have a#way) been very &#o)e to God+ .hat i) it #i%e 'or a (er)on #i%e that to dea# with the 'a&t o' having ta%en another (er)on3) #i'e in a tragi& event/ I %now that :e i) the on#y 1udge, and that )omeday :e wi## te## me how :e 'ee#), and I #eave it in the hand) o' the ?ord+ .hen the 1ury began to de#iberate, what wa) going through George Zimmerman3) head/ It too% about 16 hour) over two day)+ .hat were you thin%ing about during tho)e day)/ .a) it 1u)t 16 hour)/ 8ver two day), the time they were wor%ing+ .e##, at the beginning, um, we thought it wou#d be more or #e)) 'a)t, and, and #ater, a) time went by and time went by, a) my attorney at the time, 2ar% 8mara, to#d me, it3) #i%e having a, um, 'ami#y, a 'ather or a mother in )urgery and waiting 'or the )urgeon to )ay i' they3re going to #ive or not+ ,hat3) the be)t way I &an e<(#ain it, and00

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And what wa) going through George Zimmerman3) mind at that (oint, over the two day)/ I tried to %ee( my)e#' o&&u(ied, uh, (#anning 'or my 'ami#y and my wi'e, 'or their )a'ety, 1u)t in &a)e+ And I a#)o wanted than% everyone who had he#(ed me+ So, I wa) )igning a #ot o' than% you &ard), be&au)e I didn3t %now i' I wou#d be ab#e to do that a'ter that+ Aid you thin% you might end u( in 1ai# 'or the re)t o' your #i'e/ >e), ab)o#ute#y+ And how did you view your )ituation there/ In 1ai#/ *m, #i%e00 For the re)t o' your #i'e+ >e), #i%e I to#d you, I turned everything over to the ?ord and to#d him, 5Ao with me what >ou wi##+7 @u)ti&e )aid that you were not gui#ty o' what ha((ened that day, but thing) ended in a tragedy, with the death o' a young man who wa) unarmed+ Ao you have any regret) about what ha((ened that night/ Again, that3) a que)tion that I &an3t an)wer right now be&au)e o' the inve)tigation that the, the @u)ti&e Ae(artment ha) going on+ 6ut a) a (er)on+ A) a (er)on who the @u)ti&e Ae(artment i) inve)tigating, I &an3t an)wer+ >ou &an3t even te## me how you 'e#t, how you wou#d have 'e#t+ 8%ay, I3ve a#ready an)wered that )evera# time) in, with the (o#i&e and in interview) (reviou)#y and, uh, now that there3) the inve)tigation that ha) )tarted they obviou)#y )ent their inve)tigator) and they &ondu&ted their inve)tigation, they &#o)ed the inve)tigation by )aying that that there wa) no one who &an )ay that I wa) ra&i)t+ And a'ter they de&#ared me inno&ent, now they have )tarted another inve)tigation+ So, a) I )aid, that i)n3t )omething I &an (#ay withK I &an3t an)wer+ And in any &a)e, it &an &ome ba&% to hurt me+ I' you &ou#d go ba&% to that night, what wou#d you &hange/ *h, I wou#d have )tayed home, I wou#dn3t have gone out )ho(00)ho((ing+

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:ave you been in &onta&t with ,rayvon 2artin3) (arent)/ :ave you a((roa&hed them/ ,he on#y time wa) when 2r+ ,ra&y 2artin, uh, he )aid to my 'riend, um, he &a##ed him a bad word in &ourt, uh, be&au)e he had, um, hi) )ign that )aid he wa) 'ami#y, and that wa) the on#y time we had any+ And a#)o in the, in what3) &a##ed in 4ng#i)h the bond hearing, uh, e<&u)e me be&au)e I didn3t %now, be&au)e the mother had a)%ed i' I %now her )on3) age and I to#d her no, a) I had to#d the, the J11 o(erator+ And beyond that, with 2r)+ Fu#ton, I haven3t had any &ommuni&ation with her, and )he ha)n3t had any with u)+ 2r+ 2artin, uh, 1u)t that e<&hange with my 'ami#y+ Sin&e you were de&#ared not gui#ty, and )in&e you thin% that you did the right thing, a) you to#d me ear#ier, and 1u)ti&e )ay) that you weren3t gui#ty+ .ou#dn3t (erha() a(o#ogy be the right thing to do, and )ay to the (arent), 5I3m )orry about what ha((ened/7 I to#d them that in the bond hearing; :ow did they ta%e it/ *m, hone)t#y, I don3t %now+ >ou wou#d have to a)% them+ I don3t %now what they were thin%ing+ ,rayvon 2artin3) 'ather )aid that he want) to ma%e )omething good &ome out o' a negative e<(erien&e+ ,he mother, 2r)+ Fu#ton, ha) been ta#%ing with young (eo(#e about the vio#en&e generated by &arrying gun)+ .hat i) George Zimmerman doing 'or )o&iety a'ter what ha((ened/ I wou#d #ove to do the )ame thing, but un'ortunate#y, a) you %now and a) you a)%ed me, um, ear#ier, I &an3t do the thing) that I wa) doing be'ore+ And I wa) doing, um, a #ot, um, the (rogram that, that I wa), uh, mentoring, wa)n3t a (rogram that (aid anything+ ,hat wa) time that I, that I too% out o' my #i'e, and o''ered to tho)e young (eo(#e, be'ore anything ha((ened+ And I thin% Heverend Shar(ton and Heverend @e))e @a&%)on Sr+ ought to thin% about whether what they did wa) right, be&au)e they too% away a mentor who wa) trying to he#( &hi#dren, um, A'ri&an0Ameri&an 'or the mo)t (art, and wa)n3t 1u)t he#(ing 'rom a di)tan&e+ I wa) there (#aying ba)%etba## on the00 Are there A'ri&an0Ameri&an &hi#dren in your grou(/ Ab)o#ute00a##00ba)i&a##y00100 (er&ent are+ And, um, I wa) in their &hur&he) and I wa), um, wa)hing &ar) with them, and, and they too% away a (er)on who had that #ove 'or he#(ing (eo(#e, and they too% away 'rom me that abi#ity to he#( be&au)e o' what they did+ .ou#d you #i%e to do )omething 'or young (eo(#e today/

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*h, I3m )ti##, um, in &onta&t with my young (eo(#e, and I )ti## ma%e (romi)e) to them, #i%e, ah, I (romi)ed one young man that i' he (a))ed eighth grade I wou#d ta%e him and introdu&e him to Awight :oward o' the 8r#ando 2agi&, and it ha((ened and I too% him+ And I )ti## ma%e them, I ma%e (romi)e) #i%e that to them, and I try to he#( them a) mu&h a) (o))ib#e+ :ow do you thin% the A'ri&an0Ameri&an &ommunity view) you/ *m, tho)e who %now me #ove me+ ,hey have a#way) #oved me and they wi## a#way) #ove me+ Ah, the who#e &ommunity 'rom there and in A(o(%a where I wa), um, they #ove me, unti# today, um, tho)e who don3t %now me, I don3t %now how00 what they thin% o' me, )o I don3t %now i' they are going to &hange or I &ou#dn3t an)wer 'or them+ .hen a## o' thi) ha((ened in February o' 2012, you to#d me that your 'ami#y re&eived threat)+ >e)+ .hat %ind o' threat) did your 'ami#y re&eive/ ,hat they were going to )#it my )i)ter3) throat and %i## her and throw her out onto the )treet )o that everybody &ou#d )ee, um, that it wa) an eye 'or an eye+ ,hey were going to %i## my )i<0year0o#d ne(hew, who wa) 'ive at the time+ *m, they were going to %i## my mother, my grandmother+ ,hey were going to throw e<(#o)ive) at the hou)e, um, a## that )tu''+ 8bviou)#y, they (ut00o''ered 10,000 do##ar) to %i## them, my 'ami#y, and o' &our)e, me, )o+++ Are you ready to )trugg#e with thi) 'or the re)t o' your #i'e/ 2aybe thi) i) )omething that (eo(#e aren3t going to 'orget+ 9eo(#e may remember your 'a&e and you may have to )trugg#e with thi) 'or many year)+ Are you (re(ared 'or that/ :ow do you (#an to #ive your #i'e/ A) God dire&t) me to+ 6ut are you (re(ared/ >e)+ .hat3) going to ha((en/ >e)+ I a#)o re&ogniCe that (erha() that3) not, hum, the mo)t )eriou) thing he ha) 'or me+ ,here might00there might be )omething in the 'uture 'or me that i) a#)o going to, um, you %now, my (arent) may get )i&% and, um, you %now, die

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tomorrow, and that &an a''e&t me in a di''erent way, and I, I %now 'or )ure that :e wi## give me the )trength to go on+ I!" >our e<0wi'e, She##ie )u((orted you throughout the tria#K )he even (#eaded gui#ty to #ying about your 'inan&e), and a## o' it to )u((ort you+ .hy did you )e(arate/ .hat ha((ened a'ter that/ ,hat3) what right now we are00)he3) not my e<0wi'e yet+ She3) my wi'e+ .e3re )e(arating+ ,hat3) )omething that, )in&e the #awyer) are )ti## ta#%ing, that, um, I &an3t &omment on+ .hat I &an te## you i) that I a((re&iate what )he did 'or me, um+ I a#)o tried to he#( her a) mu&h a) (o))ib#e and, un'ortunate#y, thi) i) a )ituation that I don3t %now, I00many, many married (eo(#e, many &ou(#e) that have been ab#e to )urvive, or their marriage ha) been ab#e to )urvive, thi) )ituation+ So it3), it3) a#)o a tragedy in that )en)e+ In an interview )he )aid )he didn3t00that it )eemed #i%e )he didn3t %now who )he3d married, who )he3d been married to 'or )even year), and )he )aid it wa) a di''erent (er)on, that )he didn3t re&ogniCe, and that it )eemed #i%e )omething or )omeone had bro%en hi) )(irit+ Aid George Zimmerman &hange/ And in what way), given everything that ha((ened/ *m, I haven3t )een any interview, um, )he did+ 6ut a&&ording to what you3re )aying00 She )(o%e with atie !ouri&+ 8%ay+ A&&ording to what you3re te##ing me, um, I don3t thin% I &hanged+ I' I did &hange, um, my 'aith ha) grown+ I have ah, I thin% I give (eo(#e what in 4ng#i)h i) &a##ed the bene'it o' the doubt, um, a #ot more to00 ,he bene'it o' the doubt+ ,he bene'it o' the doubt, be&au)e I )ee how they a&&u)ed me and the ba)e#e)) thing) they )aid about me+ So, um, that3) the on#y way that I, I )ee that I3ve &hanged+ 8bviou)#y, there3) that great 'ear that I may be )hot i' I go to a re)taurant, um, and )ometime) that i)00that a''e&t), um, the additiona# )tre)) )omeone ha)+ *m, having to go out with a bu##et0(roo' ve)t, um+ It ta%e) a #ot #onger to get ready and &oordinate everything, everything i) )tre)), the )tre)) in&rea)e), 'or her a) we## a) me+ 9erha() more 'or her, a) a wi'e, worrying about me+ *m, I %now that even though I wa) )tre))ed, the )tre)) i) di''erent 'rom what )omeone ha) with00due to the re#ation)hi(+ For e<am(#e, I &an3t imagine my mom3) )tre)) a) a mother, how )he 'ee#) about her )on+ So I &an3t an)wer 'or She##ie+ *m, but I &an te## you that it3) a very )ad )ituation, that )evera# (eo(#e, um, &reated 'or their own bene'it, and a #ot o' (eo(#e have )u''ered, and it3) too bad+

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6ut, George, be'ore thi) in&ident too% (#a&e in February o' 2012, had you had (rob#em) with the #aw/ I had an in&ident in 200I+ It wa)n3t a (rob#em, rea##y+ ,hey arre)00 .hat ha((ened/ ,hey arre)ted me+ A 'riend o' mine wa), um, underage00he wa) 1J year) o#d and we were at a bar and, um, there were (#ain&#othe) agent), um, &ondu&ting what in 4ng#i)h i) &a##ed an under&over )ting+ ,hey were dre))ed a) &ivi#ian)+ A) &ivi#ian)+ And that agent grabbed my 'riend by the ne&%+ :e wa) (utting him again)t the wa##+ .e00he3d never identi'ied him)e#'+ *m, and I a)%ed him what wa) ha((ening+ :e to#d me to go, um, he )wore at me, and when I %e(t wa#%ing, um, toward him, )aying, 5-o, an)wer me+ .hat00why do you have my 'riend again)t the wa##/7, he grabbed me and hit me and when that ha((ened, the other, um, agent) who were dre))ed a) &ivi#ian) arre)ted me, and, um, a month and a ha#', two month) a'ter that ha((ened00that ha((ened, um, that )ame divi)ion that wa) a&ting a) &ivi#ian) out)ide o' the;the um, (o#i&e )tandard)+ An agent wa) %i##ed at a um, *!F, *niver)ity o' !entra# F#orida game, um, be&au)e he too% out hi) gun and 'ired into the air and never identi'ied him)e#'+ And a (o#i&eman who wa) in uni'orm )aw it, )aw a man )hooting into the air with a gun and %i##ed him ;un'ortunate#y+ ,hat (o#i&eman00died, and when the )tate )aw that that divi)ion wa) not, um, re00were not identi'ying them)e#ve) the way they )hou#d have, the &harge) again)t me were dro((ed+ A'ter the February, 2012 in&ident, you3ve had other in&ident) with the (o#i&e" )(eeding, a (rob#em with She##ie and with her 'ather, a (rob#em with your gir#'riend in whi&h )he #ater )he dro((ed the &harge)+ *m, She##ie a#)o dro((ed the &harge) and )he, in that interview I mentioned, )he )aid )he dro((ed them be&au)e )he &ou#d have a#)o been arre)ted, and )he wa) on (robation )o )he didn3t want to ta%e the ri)%+ 6ut it )eem) #i%e the #i'e o' George Zimmerman turned turbu#ent a'ter everything the in&ident too% (#a&e+ .hat3) ha((ening/ *m00 .hat ha((ened to George Zimmerman/ .ere you #i%e that be'ore/ :one)t#y, ye), I3ve gotten ti&%et) 'or )(eeding+ 6ut it never made the new)+ Ah, I don3t under)tand why 1ourna#i)t) &are )o mu&h, um, i' I get a )(eeding ti&%et+ It wa) the 'ir)t time that a ti&%et, um, made internationa# new)+ *m, a#)o, #i%e the, um, web)ite that 2r+ :o#der &reated, um, 'or (eo(#e to be ab#e to give, um, i' they thought I wa) ra&i)t they &ou#d )end, um, e<am(#e) or in'ormation about me being ra&i)t+ ,hat wa) the 'ir)t time in, in, uh, hi)tory that that ha) been done+ I don3t

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George, there are re(ort) that )ay that you owe 2+I mi##ion do##ar)+ .ho do you owe it to/ *m, tho)e re(ort) are 'a&tua#, I want to &#ari'y, be&au)e there are many that aren3t+ 6ut that re(ort &ame 'rom me+ *m, and I owe my #awyer), 2ar% 832ara and Aon .e)t+ :ow do you (#an to get that money to (ay them/ Ao you have a 1ob/ .hat i) George Zimmerman #iving on/ -o, I don3t have a 1ob and hone)t#y I don3t00I3m not &o##e&ting unem(#oyment or 8bama&are or any ty(e o'00be&au)e that3) )omething that (eo(#e a#way) )ay, 58h, now he3) retired, #iving o'' we#'are, )o&ia# )e&urity,7 whatever+ I3m not getting any o' that+ Hight now there i) a &ivi# &a)e again)t a (re)) organiCation that made a, um, )eriou) mi)ta%e, and I ho(e that wi## he#( (ay 'or a (ortion o', at #ea)t, what I owe+ I )aid 'rom the beginning, to 2ar% and Aon, i' I have to wor% at a re)taurant a) a &oo%, I3## (ay them be&au)e what they did wa) a tremendou) 1ob, a 1ob, um, I &an3t imagine how they did what they did with the #itt#e we had+ 6ut I to#d them I wi## (ay them, )o that3) that+ And the money 'rom the donation) you re&eived 'rom the web (age you o(ened during the tria#/ >e), it3)00that wa) the money we u)ed 'or the de'en)e, the de'en)e+ I' it hadn3t been 'or tho)e (eo(#e, um, and one thing I a#)o wanted to &#ear u( wa) that tho)e were not 1,000 donation) 'rom ea&h (er)on, 10,000 donation) 'rom ea&h (er)on+ ,hey were I, 10, 20 do##ar donation)+ And to tho)e (eo(#e I owe my 'reedom be&au)e without then, we &ou#d not, um, have had the e<(ert) we did+ .e wou#d not have been ab#e to (ay 'or the do&ument) we needed, um, )o I owe them, um, tremendou)#y and+++ :ow mu&h 'und) did you rai)e through your )ite/ .ith00in tota#/ :ow mu&h money did you manage to rai)e on that )ite/ Ah, I thin% it wa) =I0,000, I be#ieve+ And hone)t#y, um, by the time my #awyer 2ar% 832ara, um, wa), um, went00)tarted to re(re)ent me, it wa) he who had &ontro#, and 'or me not to have &ontro#, there wa) a )e(arate tru)t+ So un'ortunate#y, I don3t have the e<a&t 'a&t), but I be#ieve it wa) about =00,000 or =I0,000+ ,here wa) a &ontrover)y regarding )ome (ainting) you were )e##ing+

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>e)+ .hy the &ontrover)y/ .hy did they )ay you3d ta%en a )%et&h that you had not authored and that you3d made a (ainting o' it and you3d )o#d it/ I) it true/ -o+ ,ho)e are thing) that, 1u)t a) I &hoo)e not to de'end my)e#', I &hoo)e not to, um, re)(ond to tho)e a&&u)ation), in the )ame way that I wi## not de'end my)e#' again)t, um, being ra&i)t or being, um, a humb#e (er)on or00 ,he)e a&&u)ation) are ba)e#e)) a&&u)ation) 'rom (eo(#e who want to in&#ude me in a new) re(ort, that3) a##+ And who don3t under)tand that, um, the #aw), o' &our)e, and the arti)ti& 'orm+ So, um, I3ve a#way) #i%ed that and everyone ha) )een thatBand I3m doing an interview 1u)t about me with 2r+ :annity, and I don3t00I don3t give them the time o' day, a) they )ay in 4ng#i)h, um, be&au)e there i)n3t enough time in the day to re)(ond to a## tho)e a&&u)ation)+ In that interview with Fo< -ew), you )aid that you3d #i%e the (eo(#e who (ortrayed you a) ra&i)t to a(o#ogiCe to you+ >e), I )aid, i' I3d done the )ame thing, I3d a(o#ogiCe to the (er)on I3d a&&u)ed+ .ere they 'a#)e a&&u)ation)/ Ah, 100 (er&ent+ ?et3) ta#% about the 'ight, thi) 'ight that wa) being organiCed, and in whi&h they announ&ed you a) a &e#ebrity 'ight+ .hy a &e#ebrity 'ight/ Ao you &on)ider your)e#' a &e#ebrity/ -ot at a##+ ,hat00 .hy wa) it announ&ed a) a &e#ebrity 'ight/ I imagine and, I3m a #itt#e a'raid o' an)wering that be&au)e I, um, I don3t #i%e to an)wer 'or the (er)on, be&au)e we a## thin% di''erent#y, but I wou#d imagine that the man who i) (romoting it thought that that wou#d ma%e the new) and generate more intere)t, and in )ome way, ma%e more money again+ 6ut that00that wa) &an&e##ed, um, a wee% a'ter it wa) announ&ed by me+ *m, I )tarted to00 .hy did you de&ide to &an&e#/ 6e&au)e I )tarted to00it )tarted a) a good way to, um, give 'und) to a &harity+ .hi&h &harity/ 4h, I3d rather not )ay the name be&au)e any name I )ay, any bu)ine)) I )ay, um, )tart) to get threat), but it wa) a, ah+++

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>e), but i' you don3t )ay it, (eo(#e &ou#d thin% that you are going to %ee( the money+ ,here are a #ot o' (eo(#e who thought, a) a re)u#t o' the 'ight, that you were ma%ing money a) a re)u#t o' ,rayvon 2artin3) death, be&au)e you3d be&ome notoriou) a) a re)u#t o' that &a)e, and )o now you want to organiCe a 'ight to ma%e money 'or your)e#'+ .hy not revea# the name o' the 'oundation to whi&h you were going to donate the money/ ,hey %now it and I %now it and the ?ord %now) it+ ,ho)e are a## that matter+ 9eo(#e who want to a&&u)e me are a#way) going to a&&u)e me, even i' I &#ari'y a hundred thou)and time), they are going to &ontinue with the )ame a&&u)ation+ *m, )o again, it3) not00I don3t give them the time o' day+ *m, but un'ortunate#y the (rom00the man who i) (romoting it, um, &ho)e, um, in)tead o' it being a 'ight that it wa), um, going to be a (er)on )e#e&ted tota##y without %nowing, um, #i%e00 a#mo)t #i%e a #ottery+ And the money wa) going to go to a &harity+ :e )tarted to get, um, #ot), um, o' emai#) 'rom (eo(#e who wanted to %i## me, (eo(#e who wanted, um, there were a #ot00I thin% they are ra((er) or00 A2L i) a ra((er who )u((o)ed#y had agreed to 'ight with you+ 8n&e again, a) I to#d you, that 'ight wa) &an&e##ed be'ore he )aid anything about my name+ ,hat i), you didn3t agree to 'ight with A2L+ 6y that time you had a#ready ta#%ed with the (romoter to &an&e# the 'ight/ 2y #awyer had ta#%ed to him+ .hy did the (romoter &ontinue to (romote a &e#ebrity 'ight, a 'ight with A2L, who i) a ra((er who3) had (rob#em) with the #aw, who i) A'ri&an0Ameri&an/ It de'initive#y rai)e) many que)tion) and, o' &our)e, more &ontrover)y+ 6ut did you agreed to 'ight A2L/ -o+ -ever+ At what (oint did you &an&e# the 'ight/ It wa) a wee% a'ter I announ&ed it, ba)i&a##y+ *m, my #awyer, I )ent him the &ontra&t that he had )ent me+ I thin% it wa) three day) a'ter, um, they &onta&ted me+ I )ent it to my #awyer+ :e )aw it and, um, )aw everything they were )aying about me, um, the new) and )o&ia# media+ And he )aid that00no, that thi) i) not00 thi) ha) tran)'ormed into )omething that i) not right+ :e announ&ed the 'ight (re&i)e#y the day ,rayvon 2artin wou#d have had hi) birthday+ Aon3t you thin% that generate) a #itt#e more animo)ity/

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:one)t#y, I don3t %now why he did what he did when he did it, um+ I had no &ontro# over that, )o I &an3t00I &an3t ta%e time to, um, have, um, )e&ond thought) about that+ I mean, that3) )omething that ha((ened out o' my &ontro# and I have to #ive with what that man did again+ .hat3) a regu#ar day #i%e in the #i'e o' George Zimmerman/ ,here3) no norma# #i'e+ I &an te## you, you %now, i' I need medi&a# attention, I wait unti# I have to go to the 4mergen&y Hoom be&au)e I &an3t go to )ee my do&tor regu#ar#y #i%e I &ou#d be'ore+ .hy/ *m, I need bodyguard)+ ,here3) no 'und) 'or bodyguard)+ *m, and my do&tor ha) a (o#i&y that, you %now, be'ore they wou#d #et me go in through the ba&% door, not anymore+ And, um;+ it3) due to the attention and the 'ear that )omeone might re&ogniCe me and might try to, um, )ome ty(e o' revenge+ *m, a) I )aid, I go out with my bu##et0(roo', um00 Ao you wear a bu##et0(roo' ve)t/ >e)+ >e)+ A## the time/ *h, ye), ma3am+ Hight now00 At thi) time+ I &an3t go, um, to (#ay )o&&er with my ne(hew+ I &an3t go to hi) ba)%etba## game); I &an3t go out to eat+ I &an3t go out to &at&h a &ab i' I need to go )omewhere+ *m, I a#way) have that 'ear that i' )omeone re&ogniCe) me00what3) more, hone)t#y it3)00'ran%#y, 'ear 'or my #oved one)+ I don3t want anyone to harm them, and, and that3) why I have to )tay 'ar away 'rom them+ And that, um, i) a #one#y #i'e, um, but again, I )(end a #ot o' time with my 6ib#e and the ?ord, and I try to #ive my #i'e00a) norma# a) I &an, but the 'a&t i) that I &an3t+ For e<am(#e, do you go to the gro&ery )tore/ I do+ I try to go+ And what ha((en) at the gro&ery )tore/ -orma##y, nothing+ *m, there wa)00an o&&a)ion in whi&h I wa) re&ogniCed and, um, I wa) at, um, at a de#i+ ,hey were ma%ing a )andwi&h 'or me, and they de&ided not to ma%e me the )andwi&h+ And, um, but norma#00norma##y (eo(#e00

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be&au)e I move00 I move 'rom )tate to )tate, and mo)t o' the time (eo(#e don3t re&og00re&ogniCe me, but they thin%, 5:e ha) no rea)on to be it thi) )tate, in thi) &ity+7 And by the time they rea#iCe it, I3ve a#ready #e't+ I!" GZ" I!" GZ" I!" GZ" I!" GZ" So you don3t have a hou)e to #ive in/ -o+ >ou %ee( going 'rom )tate to )tate+ >e), ma3am+ I3m tota##y home#e))+ :ow do you )ee your 'uture/ .ith 'aith in God+ :ow do you envi)ion the ne<t 'ew year)/ .hat wou#d you #i%e your #i'e to be #i%e/ ,here i) a )aying in 4ng#i)h that 52an (#an) and God #augh)+7 So I #earned, um, )in&e thi) in&ident in February o' 2012, not to ma%e (#an), to #ive my #i'e in the mo)t !hri)tian way I &an, um, and #et my)e#' be guided and try to he#( every human being and #ive my #i'e in the mo)t (o)itive way I &an+ .ho i) George Zimmerman, rea##y/ I thin% I3m a good brother, a good )on, a good grand)on, um, a good 'riend, but I thin% we a## want to thin% that o' our)e#ve), but, um, I3m )omeone who3) a#way) tried to #ive a norma# #i'e+ I3ve tried to he#( (eo(#e, a#though, um, (utting my)e#' #a)t+ *m, the &ar that00the a&&ident a'ter the verdi&t, um, &ou#d have ea)i#y bro%en u( on me and %i##ed me+ It wa) on 'ire, too, and I didn3t thin% o' my)e#'+ I a#way) want to he#(00other)+ :ow did thi) who#e )ituation &hange you/ Aid George Zimmerman &hange a'ter what ha((ened in February o' 2012/ Again, I thin% )omething00it3) )omething that my ()y&ho#ogi)t &an an)wer 'or you, obviou)#y+ I haveB)u''ered be&au)e o'00 Aid your #i'e &hange in any way/ I )u''er 'rom 9,SA+ 9o)t0traumati& )tre))+

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George, you to#d me that you don3t re&eive money 'rom the government 'rom the government3) unem(#oyment in)uran&e, you don3t have any government bene'it)+ -or 8bama !are+ >ou don3t have a 1ob/ -o+ :ow do you )urvive/ Ah, my 'ami#y he#() me a #ot, obviou)#y+ Sin&e I don3t have a hou)e, I don3t have, um, a mortgage, I don3t (ay, um, rent, um, )o, it3) di''i&u#t but it3), um, I do it00 thou)and) o' Ameri&an) do the )ame+ It i), a) I to#d you, di''i&u#t to owe my #i'e and, ah; A) I3ve a#way) )aid, it3) the &ro)) that the ?ord gave me and I bear it humb#y+ So, um, no00I won3t00)it here and #ie and )ay, you %now, I3m 100 (er&ent ha((y, I don3t need money, et&, et&+ 8bviou)#y I owe mi##ion) o' do##ar), but that i) )omething that right now I &an3t 'i<+ And I give it a## to God and I have 'aith that )omehow, :e wi##00he#( me+ .hat wa) the moment that you3d de)&ribe a) the mo)t di''i&u#t one during your tria#/ .hen I )aw 2r)+ Ha&he# @eante#, when I )aw her te)timony and that00a#though I %new 'rom the, um, the interview) )he3d done, um, more or #e)) what )he wa) going to )ay00 that wa) a )tri%ing moment be&au)e, i' you remember, the &ity o' San'ord, the &ity o' San'ord (o#i&e )aid it wa) )e#'0de'en)e and that there wa) no &rime+ It wa) a#)o e)&a#ated to00to the &ounty where it ha((ened in Semino#e !ounty (ro)e&utor)00 9ro)e&utor)+ >e), o' Semino#e !ounty, and they )aid there wa) no &rime+ And the on#y di''erent thing that the (ro)e&utor) o' Auva# !ounty, 2r)+ !orey, had di''erent than the &ity o' San'ord and Semino#e !ounty had, wa) the te)timony o' that #ady, Ha&he# @eante#+ And when I )aw it, I wa) very )ad be&au)e I )aw that, um, a## o' them; Ange#a !orey, 6ernie Ae ?a Hionda and a## tho)e (ro)e&utor) ba)ed thi) &a)e 'irm#y on the te)timony o' that #ady+ And they u)ed her a) i' )he were, um, I don3t %now how to )ay it in S(ani)h, )orry, a (u((et+ A (u((et+ A (u((et, and )he wa) a young #ady who didn3t want to be there+ And the )adde)t thing i) that )he i) te##ing the truth, )he i) te##ing the truth and )he &ou#dn3t win+ She &ou#dn3t ma%e, um, the )tate ha((y and )he wa)n3t there to he#( the de'en)e+ 6ut when I )aw that00that te)timony wa) the %ey that wa) u)ed by the, um, (eo(#e

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in Auva# !ounty in F#orida, um, that made me very )ad and that wa) the moment, hone)t#y, that I00that00that &om(#ete#y &hanged my thin%ing+ I got home, )aw my ne(hew and &ried 'or #i%e a 1I minute) with him be&au)e he &ou#dn3t be#ieve that, um, Gov+ Hi&% S&ott had a((ointed hi) 'riend, um, or had a)%ed hi) 'riend 9am 6ondi to (ut 2r)+ !orey a) (ro)e&utor, 1u)t ba)ed on00ba)ed on thi) te)timony that I had 1u)t )een that day and that te)timony didn3t )ay anything, but &#ari'ied what I had )aid a## a#ong+ So, it wa) very )ad+ .hat wa) going through George Zimmerman3) mind when he wa) waiting 'or the 1ury to render it) verdi&t/ *m, everybody a)%) me that be&au)e they )ay00I haven3t )een the video, but they te## me that I had no e<(re))ion what)oever+ *m, and the an)wer i) ea)y+ I a#way) had in my hand) what I a#way) &arry with me+ .hat i) it/ A ro)ary, and I wa) (raying with my ro)ary in my hand, and, um, I handed it over to00to 2r+ .e)t a'ter they de&#ared me inno&ent, and the who#e time that the 1udge, my #awyer), the 1ury were ta#%ing, I wa) 1u)t (raying, and I wa)n3t ab#e to hear+ I &ou#d obviou)#y hear+ 6ut I de&ided to #i)ten on#y to my (rayer) and to the ?ord+ So, um, I wa)n3t thin%ing mu&h+ ,hey were my (rayer) that a#way)00that my grandmother had taught me )in&e I wa) a &hi#d+ *m, and it didn3t hit me unti# they &ut o'' the G9S monitor and I wa) tru#y 'ree+ And I thin% that did, um, e<&u)e me, but to go ba&% a bit, um, ye), I do have a (rob#em with )(eeding but00and it3) my 'au#t+ I have (aid the 'ine) a) I )hou#d+ *m, but it3) ea)y to )(eed when you have had a monitor on your body 24 hour) a day 'or more than a year, a year and a ha#', te##ing you where you &ou#d and &ou#dn3t go+ And when they &ut it o'' me, I 'e#t )u&h 'reedom, and I &ou#d go anywhere I wanted, whenever I wanted+ I didn3t have to announ&e it or a)% (ermi))ion to go to another &ounty, )o, um, but it wa) when they &ut it o'' me that day in &ourt that I wa) 'ina##y ab#e to rea&t emotiona##y+ George, i)n3t it &ontradi&tory that you te## me that you a#way) &arried the ro)ary but you a#)o &arried a wea(on/ -ot in &ourt+ -ot in &ourt but you did out)ide+ 4h, no, not that00 ,he night o' the in&ident you were &arrying the ro)ary and a#)o &arrying the gun/ I wa) &arrying the wea(on+ I don3t remember what I had in my (o&%et be&au)e when the young man hit me, everything went out '#ying, um, but I &an te## you that I on#y had my #i&en)e00I wa)n3t ab#e to get a #i&en)e to &arry a um, &on&ea#ed

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wea(on, um, unti# you3re 21 year) o#d in the )tate o' F#orida, I be#ieve, but )in&e I wa) a &hi#d I3ve been re#igiou), I3ve had, um, )&a(u#ar) that my grandmother wou#d (ut on me, um, )o, that i) not00I don3t, don3t under)tand the &orre#ation between the two+ I' you are )aying to me that I had a ro)ary to de'end me 'rom the evi#) o' the wor#d, ye), I (rayed every time, I (rayed when I had te)t) at )&hoo#+ I (rayed when I thought that, you %now, uh, in any )ituation in whi&h I wanted the ?ord to guide me, but that3) 1u)t the truth+ I!" GZ" I!" GZ" :ow doe) George Zimmerman (#an to &#o)e thi) &ha(ter o' hi) #i'e and )tart a new #i'e/ I thin% we3re )tarting now+ I thin% we3re )tarting+ Ao you have a (rob#em &ontro##ing your tem(er/ 8bviou)#y I be#ieve that the00the00the &ourt video) )how my tem(er when the (ro)e&utor) are ye##ing in my 'a&e that I %i##ed a boy+ *m, my tem(er i) the )ame+ I3m a#way), um, the way I3m ta#%ing to you, the way I )(o%e in &ourt when I too% the )tand to )ay, um, the 2artin Fu#ton 'ami#y the que)tion) they wou#d have a)%ed me+ I don3t be#ieve I have a (rob#em with my tem(er+ Ao you be#ieve that now, month) a'ter you were de&#ared inno&ent in &ourt, that you are trying to return to your #i'e, that ,rayvon 2artin3) (arent) are a#)o trying to dea# with that grie' o' #o)ing a &hi#d, a#though #o)ing a &hi#d i) )omething that you &an never over&ome, that (erha() thi) i) a good o((ortunity to )end them a me))age under &ir&um)tan&e) that are di''erent 'rom )(ea%ing during a tria#/ Ab)o#ute#y not+ Again, with 9re)ident 8bama ma%ing the &omment) he did and the inve)tigation that he, eh, ordered again)t me, I &annot have any &ommuni&ation with them+ 6ut &an3t you )end them a me))age on &amera either/ I3ve a#ready )een, um, that anything I )ay &an be u)ed again)t me+ And, um, I &an3t )end any me))age), nor wou#d I imagine (#a&ing my)e#' in a )ituation that &ou#d give them )omething that they &an00be&au)e I have )een that out o' nothing, they &an ma%e a00a who#e &a)e+ So I don3t want to )end any me))age to anybody that may be mi)inter(reted and )end me ba&% to 1ai#+ I' that wor%) it)e#' out )ome day, wou#d you #i%e to be ab#e to get &#o)e to them/ I3m o(en to anything+ .hat doe) George Zimmerman want to do in the 'uture/ 9ro'e))iona##y/

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And (er)ona##y+ 6oth+ 9ro'e))iona##y, I wou#d #i%e to &ontinue my edu&ation and be a #awyer+ *m, I3d #i%e to, um, ma%e )ure that what ha((ened to me, the in1u)ti&e that ha((ened to me doe)n3t ha((en again to anyone+ >ou &on)ider that you )u''ered an in1u)ti&e/ Ab)o#ute#y+ *m, and (er)ona##y my goa# i) )im(#y to #ive my #i'e a) mu&h a) I &an #i%e !hri)t+ Ao you have a wea(on today/ .ith me, here/ -ot right at thi) moment, but do you have a wea(on with you at home/ I have a wea(on, ye)+ ,hey returned a## my wea(on) to me+ And are you aware that the )ame thing that ha((ened that day o' February o' 2012 &an ha((en again/ And I thin% it3) more o' a (o))ibi#ity given the threat) that have been made again)t me+ I don3t thin% that, um, they3re going to atta&% me with 'i)t) or &on&rete+ ,hey %now I have a wea(on and they3re very vo&a# in )aying that they are going to )hoot me in the head the minute they )ee me+ *m, )o to an)wer you, ye), I be#ieve that it3) more (o))ib#e00today than be'ore+ ,he in&ident that we )(o%e about be'ore when you he#(ed )ome (eo(#e who had had a &ar a&&ident+ .hy did you de&ide to get out o' the &ar and he#( tho)e (eo(#e/ *m, 'ir)t o' a##, you re(orted the a&&ident and00.hat I did, Fo< -ew) re(orted+ ,he other), I don3t %now i' they re(orted it, and i' they re(orted it, )ometime) they made it )ound #i%e my #awyer) and I made a #ot o' noi)e+ *m, )o in your de'en)e, ye), you re(orted it and, um, # a((re&iate it+ >ou re(orted it 'a&tua##y+ *m, the de&i)ion wa) a de&i)ion I made in an in)tant+ *m, I )aw the &ar, um, that had00that wa) on it) )ide+ It wa)n3t u()ide down+ And I thought that it wa) an a&&ident that had ta%en (#a&e the (reviou) day be&au)e there wa) nobody there+ *m, and than%) 'or a)%ing be&au)e that3) a good e<am(#e when you a)%ed me i' (eo(#e o' di''erent ra&e) or the Amer00A'ri&an0Ameri&an ra&e, what they thin% o' me+ *m, there wa) a man who wa) A'ri&an0Ameri&an, and a## o' thi) that I3m te##ing you %now, o' &our)e, ha((ened in a matter o' )e&ond) be&au)e he wa) driving00)(eeding, I3m )ure+ And, um, the Semino#e !ounty Sheri'' had to#d me )evera# time), 5.hen thi) i) over, di)a((ear+ Aon3t be in (ub#i&+ Aon3t )to( 'or dire&tion), ga), anything+ ee( going+ Go where you want to go+7 And I )aw thi)

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A'ri&an0Ameri&an man trying to o(en the door o' thi) &ar, u)ing tremendou) )trength, and that3) when I rea#iCed that )omeone wa) tra((ed in the &ar+ *m, it wa)n3t that I made the de&i)ion to )to(+ It3) that I 1u)t &ou#dn3t %ee( driving, um, and than% God, everything turned out a#right+ *m, the A'ri&an0Ameri&an man who wa) there wa) the 'ir)t one to get there+ :e %e(t the &ar door o(en whi#e I tried to get the 'ami#y out, and the man wa) ne<t to me a## the time, and that ha((ened in San'ord+ And at the end, eh, when00the (o#i&e arrived and the, um, 'iremen, (aramedi&), I wa) wa#%ing to my &ar and the man tried to get my attention, and 'or a )e&ond I )aid, 5@u)t %ee( going+ ,he (o#i&e are here+7 And the man to#d me, 5:ey, George,7 and I #oo%ed at him and00)ee, ye), than%), )ir+ And he to#d me, 5I %now who you are, and I want to )ay to you God b#e)) you, and #eave be'ore other) re&ogniCe you+7 ,he A'ri&an0Ameri&an man, I %now00I thin% that that man (erha() had an o(inion about who I wa), but when he )aw me wor%, he00ne<t to me, arm to arm00 I!" GZ" >ou thought that he wa) o' the o(inion that you were ra&i)t/ .hatever hi) o(inion wa), and I %now that he &hanged hi) mind be&au)e he )aid to me, 5I %now who you are+ God b#e)) you+7 And that wa) a'ter00that wa) ha#' an hour a'ter initia# in&ident00be&au)e the man, at 'ir)t the man who wa) tra((ed in hi) &ar )aid he &ou#dn3t get hi) )eatbe#t o''+ And00and I a)%ed the A'ri&an0 Ameri&an man i' he &ou#d00i' he had a %ni'e, and he to#d me, 5-o+7 And he #oo%ed at my 'a&e and re&ogniCed me+ So be&au)e o' hi) rea&tion, I %now that he re&ogniCed me and wa) in a bit o' a )ho&%+ 6ut what matter) at the end i) what he )aid, 5God b#e)) you,7 and that he wa) &on&erned 'or me and to#d me, 5?eave be'ore other) re&ogniCe you7 and00 .hat ha((ened with the)e (eo(#e/ Aid the two (eo(#e who were in the &ar re&ogniCe you/ ,here were 'our+ ,here were00 Four (eo(#e+ 00mother, 'ather, daughter and )on, and ye), the 'ather re&ogniCed me+ *m, the other), uh00 .hat did the man te## you/ I3d imagine00I never been00I3ve never been in an a&&ident #i%e that+ I don3t have &hi#dren )o I don3t %now what %ind o' )ho&% or trauma the man had, but when I 'ina##y he#(ed him )tart to get the &hi#dren out, he to#d me, 5>ou3re him+ >ou3re George Zimmerman+7 And everything that wa) going through my head, my mind, wa) that the &ar i)00i) going to 'a##+ it wa) raining and I wanted to get the %id) out+ ,he &hi#dren were )&reaming, 5:e#(, he#(+ Get me out, get me out+7 I to#d the man, 5Sir, that doe)n3t matter+ @u)t (a)) the %id) over to me+7 And un'ortunate#y,

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they, the 'ami#y, wanted, um, and i' I &an )end a me))age to tho)e who are wat&hing that interview, the 'our o' them were wearing their )eat00)eatbe#t+ And, um, the #itt#e gir# wa) nine year) o#d, I thin%, and )he wa) &rying, &rying be&au)e, we##, a##00a## the trauma, and I to#d her, 5>ou %now what/ ,he on#y thing that matter) i) that a## 'our o' you are a#ive be&au)e he had your )eatbe#t on+7 ,hat i) )omething I3d #i%e to )ee more, that (eo(#e ta%e that a) a (riority, um, and )he hugged me and than%ed me, and I )aid, 5>ou don3t have to than% me, but (romi)e me007 6e&au)e her brother wa) younger, I )aid to her, 59romi)e me that you3re a#way) going to wear your )eatbe#t and are a#way) going to ma%e )ure that your #itt#e brother a#)o doe)+7 And the mother to#d me, 5?u&%y, huh/ ?u&%y that we were a## wearing our )eatbe#t and )urvived+7 And I an)wered her )im(#y, 5It3) not #u&%, ma3am+ It3) God+ And the #ady )tarted to &ry and hugged me, and I thin% that the hu)band had to#d her who I wa) and had a#ready rea#iCed it at that time+ ,hey went (ub#i&, they wanted to )ay what had ha((ened and than% me+ 6ut un'ortunate#y, they re&eived a #ot o' threat) and de&ided at the #a)t minute not to grant an interview, not to )how their 'a&e) in (ub#i&+ And, um, I, um, I than% them 'or doing what i) in the be)t intere)t o' the 'ami#y be&au)e I have )een 'ir)t o' a## how threat) and a## that a''e&t you+ And I don3t b#ame them 'or not wanting to go (ub#i& and, and )aying what ha((ened and how they rea##y )urvived be&au)e the tru&% wa) on 'ire and, um, and I %now what ha((ened+ ,hey %now what ha((ened+ ,he A'ri&an0Ameri&an man who wa) there a#)o %now) what ha((ened and the ?ord %now), and I3m ha((y with that+ A#way), no matter i' they &ome out and )ay, 5>ou %now what/ George turned the &ar over and got u) out,7 and there wi## a#way) be that (er00(er&entage o' (eo(#e who )ay, #i%e you )aid be'ore, that wi## have their o(inion and wi## try to 'a#)e#y a&&u)e me o' thing)+ And with them going (ub#i& to de'end me or e<(#00e<(#ain what ha((ened that won3t &hange that (er&entage o' (eo(#e who a#ready have their mind made u(+ I!" GZ" Ao you be#ieve that )omeday you wi## be ab#e to have a norma# #i'e or do you be#ieve that thi) gho)t wi## &ha)e you your who#e #i'e/ I be#ieve that they wi## &ha)e me my who#e #i'e, but I have 'aith that human being) are, um, want to give the bene'it o' the doubt #i%e I do, and want to 'orgive, want to go on with their own #ive)+ And I thin% that it wi## de&rea)e but, um, that i) what I want, but I have00o' &our)e, I %now00I3m (re(ared 'or the wor)t, and the wor)t (art i) that thi) &ou#d go on 'or my who#e #i'e+ 6ut I3m ho(e'u# that it wi## )tart to de&rea)e+ .e##, George, than% you very mu&h+ ,han% you+ ,han% you very mu&h, George+

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