George Zimmerman, who shot and killed Trayvon Martin last month, has launched a website petitioning supporters to send donations via PayPal.
Visitors to the site, TheRealGeorgeZimmerman.com, find a message written by Zimmerman explaining how the media firestorm surrounding him has altered his life. Zimmerman's been in seclusion since the story began gaining national attention.
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"On Sunday February 26th, I was involved in a life altering event which led me to become the subject of intense media coverage," writes Zimmerman on the site. "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."
Zimmerman ends his message with a request for donations to support himself and his family during this "trying time." He promises that he will "personally maintain accountability of all funds received."
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"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."
The website's authenticity was confirmed by NBC's Mara Schiavocampo, who spoke with Zimmerman's lawyers.
— Mara Schiavocampo (@maracamp) April 9, 2012
Pages on the site include "The Facts," where Zimmerman thanks his friends for their support, but says he can't discuss the details of his case until the investigation is over. Instead, he promises that "the facts will come to light." An "album" page has but one photo of a supportive "justice for Zimmerman" sign. A contact form allows supporters to reach out to Zimmerman, and he promises he will make "every attempt" to reply.
Another page, "My Race," only includes a Thomas Paine quote: "The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion." Many have accused Zimmerman, who is Hispanic, of racism against Martin, who was black.
Zimmerman's site is peppered with quotations about the triumph of justice. "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, is for good men to do nothing," reads an Edmund Burke line posted on each of the site's pages.
Last month, Zimmerman shot and killed 17-year-old Martin. Zimmerman, a local neighborhood watch captain, allegedly thought Martin looked suspicious as he walked through a Florida housing development. Zimmerman called 911, which promised to dispatch a car and told Zimmerman not to pursue Martin -- a request Zimmerman ignored. In a confrontation between the two, Martin was shot and killed by Zimmerman.
Zimmerman was not immediately arrested because of Florida's "Stand Your Ground" self-defense law, which allows citizens to defend themselves if they believe themselves to be in mortal danger. The incident made headlines across the world after a Change.org petition and social media campaigns brought it to national attention.
Florida Special Prosecutor Angela Corey announced Monday that there would be no grand jury in the Zimmerman case. The decision to file criminal charges against Zimmerman now lies solely in Corey's hands.
This story originally published on Mashable here.