George Zimmerman’s mother said on Friday morning that her son had a history of defending others and standing up for justice before he killed unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.
During Zimmerman’s bond hearing in a Florida courtroom, his mother, Gladys Zimmerman, described an incident in which her son tried to help find the suspect who beat a homeless man in Sanford, Fla.
“In 2010, he saw — well, he didn’t saw, but he found out that homeless person was being beaten by another man here in Sanford,” Gladys Zimmerman said. “He went to churches. He put flyers on cars. He did everything possible so the city of Sanford will organize and go to the council and ask for justice for this homeless man who was beaten up.”
She said that wasn’t unusual for her son.
“That was George. That was my son,” she said. “And there are probably tapes in the Sanford council when he went and organized a meeting so that person would have justice. He was recognized also by the mayor.”
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