zimmerman-website.jpgGeorge Zimmerman, the Florida man who claims he shot and killed Trayvon Martin in self-defense, has set up a personal website to collect money for his legal expenses, his attorneys confirmed to the Orlando Sentinel on Monday.

Domain records show the site was created Sunday, is real and is operated by Zimmerman himself. It solicits donations through PayPal with a promise that “any funds provided are used only for living expenses and legal defense, in lieu of my forced inability to maintain employment.”

“I am the real George Zimmerman,” declares Zimmerman’s website.

The website, which has an U.S. flag background, includes a statement from Zimmerman and features a photo of a vandalized black cultural center at Ohio State University.

long-live-z-center.jpg“On Sunday February 26th, I was involved in a life altering event which led me to become the subject of intense media coverage. As a result of the incident and subsequent media coverage, I have been forced to leave my home, my school, my employer, my family and ultimately, my entire life. This website’s sole purpose is to ensure my supporters they are receiving my full attention without any intermediaries.”

“I am grateful to my friends that have come to my aid, whether publicly or personally, never questioning my integrity or actions, understanding that I cannot discuss the details of the event on February 26th, and allowing law enforcement to proceed with their investigation unhindered,” the 28-year-old Zimmerman wrote on another of the site’s pages. “Once again, I thank you for your patience and I assure you, the facts will come to light.”

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Benjamin Crump, a lawyer for Trayvon’s family, criticized the site in an appearance on Good Morning America on Tuesday, saying: “George Zimmerman is trying to have us believe that his life is so terrible now.” He added: “You know he says that he experienced a life-altering event. Well, Trayvon Martin experienced a life-ending event.”

The attorney representing Trayvon Martin’s family also told Anderson Cooper Zimmerman’s website is a luxury.

Below is the full statement from Zimmerman on his website:

I am the real George Zimmerman.

On Sunday February 26th, I was involved in a life altering event which led me to become the subject of intense media coverage. As a result of the incident and subsequent media coverage, I have been forced to leave my home, my school, my employer, my family and ultimately, my entire life. This website’s sole purpose is to ensure my supporters they are receiving my full attention without any intermediaries.

It has come to my attention that some persons and/or entities have been collecting funds, thinly veiled as my “Defense Fund” or “Legal Fund”. I cannot attest to the validity of these other websites as I have not received any funds collected, intended to support my family and I through this trying, tragic time.

I have created a Paypal account solely linked on this website as I would like to provide an avenue to thank my supporters personally and ensure that any funds provided are used only for living expenses and legal defense, in lieu of my forced inability to maintain employment. I will also personally, maintain accountability of all funds received. I reassure you, every donation is appreciated.

Sincerely, George Zimmerman

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