SANFORD, Fla. - A Sanford couple in their 70s is expressing fear over an incorrect social media message that has identified their home as the property of George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed the black Florida teen Trayvon Martin in late February.
The message, tweeted by Californian Marcus Higgins and re-tweeted by celebrity and director Spike Lee to his 240,000 followers, included an address and said “feel free to reach out and touch him [Zimmerman],” according to a Smoking Gun report.
The issue is, the information was all wrong.
Problem 1: Martin’s admitted shooter has been identified as 28-year-old George Michael Zimmerman, not the 42-year-old George W. Zimmerman that is connected to the tweeted address.
Problem 2: The tweeted address is actually miles away from the shooter’s Sanford, Fla. home.
Problem 3: The home belongs to David McClain, 72, and his wife Elaine, 70. George W. is Elaine’s son, and he hasn’t lived at their home for seven years.
Elaine, who is remarried, explained that she was previously married to a Zimmerman, not related in anyway to the shooter, the report says.
The offending tweet has made its way around the internet and resulted in aggressive letter sent to David and Elaine McClain, telling them to “taste the rainbow”, a reference to Skittles candy.
Skittles and Arizona Iced Tea were found on the 17-year-old unarmed teenager when he was killed and the items have since become symbols in the movement pushing for the shooter’s arrest.
The couple say they are frightened and after receiving hate mail and death threats, they're scared for their lives and feel the need to keep everything locked up.
The McClains have hired an attorney.
Spike Lee has since deleted the tweet and apologized.
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