‘The real’ George Zimmerman launches website (seriously!)

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The man who has claimed he shot and killed Trayvon Martin in self-defense has finally broken his silence with a new website.

The website, called TheRealGeorgeZimmerman.com, was set up over the weekend, and George Zimmerman’s attorney has confirmed it was, indeed, launched by his client.

On the site’s front page, Zimmerman thanks his supporters, saying the website’s sole purpose is to ensure his supporters that they are receiving his full attention:

“I have been forced to leave my home, my school, my employer, my family and ultimately, my entire life.”

Besides audio from 911 calls released by Sanford police, this is the first time the public has heard directly from George Zimmerman since Trayvon Martin’s death.

The site also includes a “Donate” link attached to an account on PayPal. Zimmerman’s attorney said his client is using the website to help raise money to pay his legal fees.

The website temporarily went down Monday night after initial reports of its existence because of capacity problems.

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