One of the attorney's for George Zimmermanconfirmed that the website created to recoup fundsfor his defense is real. Zimmerman is beingprosecuted for fatally shooting a teen while onneighborhood watch.
All the money donated to the site,therealgeorgezimmerman.com, will go to Zimmerman,according to his attorney Craig Sonner.
Zimmerman is at the center of an investigationover the shooting of Trayvon Martin, 17. Zimmermansays he shot Martin in self-defense afterfollowing him in a gated community in Sanford onFeb. 26.
Martin, who was unarmed, was black. Zimmerman'sfather is white and his mother is Hispanic. Thelack of an arrest has inspired nationwide protestsand some claims of racial profiling, whichZimmerman's supporters deny.
"I am the real George Zimmerman," the websitesaid. "As a result of the incident and subsequentmedia coverage, I have been forced to leave myhome, my school, my employer, my family andultimately, my entire life. This website's solepurpose is to ensure my supporters they arereceiving my full attention without anyintermediaries."
The website described the shooting as "a lifealtering event" and said that any money raisedwill be used to pay for Zimmerman's livingexpenses and lawyers. A page on the site allowsvisitors to leave comments and make donationsthrough Paypal or major credit cards.
A spokesman for Martin's parents said heconsidered it troubling that Zimmerman referred tothe shooting as "a life altering event."
"For Trayvon Martin and his family, this was a'life-ending event' that wiped out a bright futureand a world of opportunity," said spokesman RyanJulison.
The site adds that Zimmerman is unable to talkabout the case in detail for now so that theinvestigation can move forward "unhindered."
Special prosecutor Angela Corey is investigatingthe fatal shooting. The Jacksonville prosecutorannounced Monday that she wouldn't present thecase to a grand jury, leaving any decision aboutwhether Zimmerman will be charged solely up toher. That decision also eliminated the possibilitythat Zimmerman could be charged with first-degreemurder since Florida law requires all first-degreemurder cases to go before a grand jury.
Corey was appointed to investigate the case byGov. Rick Scott after the prosecutor who normallyhandles cases out of Sanford recused himself.
"I am grateful to my friends that have come to myaid, whether publicly or personally, neverquestioning my integrity or actions," Zimmermansaid on the site. "Once again, I thank you foryour patience and I assure you, the facts willcome to light."
A registry shows that the website was created lastweekend.