Zimmerman's parents say son isn't racist

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Associated Press

Posted on July 15, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 15 at 5:07 PM

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman's parents say their son isn't a racist.

Gladys and Robert Zimmerman Sr. also said Monday on ABC World News that if they had the chance, they would tell Trayvon Martin's parents that they are very sorry about what happened.

Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch volunteer, was acquitted last Saturday by an all-female jury in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Martin last year.

The acquittal has triggered protests around the nation. The U.S. Justice Department says it will review evidence to see whether any federal criminal charges are warranted.

Martin was black, and Zimmerman has identified himself as Hispanic. Critics believe race has influenced the handling of the case.

Zimmerman's parents said they don't know if their son will ever be able to return to a normal life given the attention the case has garnered.

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