When news broke that Trayvon Martin's killer George Zimmerman rescued a family in an overturned car earlier this week, the media sprang into action to locate and interview the family. But if Zimmerman's publicist hoped the family would praise the accused murderer on the evening news, they were wrong.
Despite pleas from the police and press for the family to explain how Zimmerman saved them, they say they are terrified to praise Zimmerman in public.
Zimmerman's attorney Mark O’Mara confirmed that the family canceled a planned news conference on Tuesday saying “They don’t want to be associated with George.”
It looks like the publicity stunt backfired.
“Mark and Dana Michelle Gerstle told friends and neighbors that though they’re thankful Mr. Zimmerman helped them, they do not want to talk publicly about him for fear they will be accused of portraying him as a hero,” reads a Tuesday report in The Daily Mail.
“They are very grateful to Zimmerman for what he did, but they do not want to get involved,” an anonymous friend of that family told the Mail. “There is so much hatred directed towards him they have got to think about their own family. There are a lot of crazies out there. If they say anything in support of him it could backfire.”
On Wednesday, WESH-TV Florida reporter Bob Kealing confirmed that the family will not appear in public to discuss the event, in spite of police and press requests that the family explain what happened when Zimmerman allegedly saved them from a car wreck.
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