George Zimmerman's Parents Interview With Barbara Walters

Robert and Gladys Zimmerman discuss the trial, the country's reaction and their son's future.
3:23 | 07/15/13

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We begin with an abc news exclusive on the verdict that sparked debate thi weekend. George zimmerman found not guilty of murder when he shot 17-year-old trayvon martin. In the courtroom listening were his parents, gladys and robert zimmerman who are speaking out on on one with our own barbara walters. Diane, since the verdict this is the first time that they had done on on camera interview, holding hands talking about their son who they feel has been terribly misunderstand. When you finally got a chance to talk to your son in the courtroom after the verdict, what did he say to you? I hug him. I kiss him. And he said thank you, mom, i want to go home. Are you concerned for george's safety? Yes, I do. Yes? Why? What do you think could happen? It's a lot of death threats in the social media. Are you concerned about death threats? Have you had death threats? We have had an enormous amount of death threats. George's legal counsel has had death threats. The police chief of sanford, many people have had death threats. The protests have been mostly framed about the issue of race as you both know. What do you say to people who are demanding vengeance? It's nothing I can tell them but it's something I can do. I can pray for them. Is your son george a racist? Absolutely not. He's never been taught to be a racist. We've seen him not showing a lot of emotion, but that's not the son you see. Describe george to us. What you see is a composed person. A composed person, that's what you see. That is what you will see in all my kids. What are his expectations about being able to live a normal life? He's been such a target for a year and a half. Do you think he can live a, quote, normal life? I don't know. Only time will tell. Even for us who have not been living a normal life, you know, for the past month, it is hard. It is hard because we have lost everything. So you think your son has to stay in hiding for a long time? If I was him I would. As parents, what would you say to trayvon martin's parents? That we are deeply sorry for this, deeply sorry. And we pray for the departed. We pray for trayvon martin. This is a family who, although they are relieved that their son was acquitted says that their own life is all about ruined. They can't go back to their house. They're out of money and they are afraid themselves. Afraid themselves and have they talked to him? Have they talked to their son? They haven't. They say they're afraid to talk to him. They're afraid that the phone call is being monitored. They're worried that the phones can be tapped. The whole family does not know where he's hiding and they think that's the best thing.

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