Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman spoke on his first television interview, says the incident was "God's plan." (Photo : Reuters)
Recounting the events that killed Floridian teenager Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman said the incident was "God's plan."
Zimmerman is charged with murder for the death of the 17-year-old, but insists the act was in self-defense.
In an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity, Zimmerman was asked if there were regrets, such as carrying a loaded gun.
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"No sir, I feel that is was all God's plan," said Zimmerman.
The Martin family was not pleased with Zimmerman's comments.
"I simply really don't know what God George Zimmerman is worshipping because there's no way that the God that I serve had in his plans for George Zimmerman to murder my son," said Tracy Martin, the victim's father.
Trayvon's mother Sybrina Fulton said she has a hard time accepting the matter because Zimmerman said "he doesn't regret anything that he did that night, and I don't think God would have him in his plan to murder and innocent child."
According to Zimmerman, who was the neighborhood's watch volunteer, he saw Trayvon skipping between houses and Zimmerman went up to confront him.
Zimmerman said Trayvon punched him in the face, leading to a scuffle. He adds that the 17-year-old went to reach to his gun.
"That's when I didn't have any more time," said Zimmerman.
When asked if he could change anything, "I do wish that there was something, anything, I could have done that wouldn't have put me into the position where I had to take his life."
Zimmerman said he is sorry that the Martins had to bury their child.
"I can't imagine what it must feel like, and I pray for them daily," said 28-year-old Zimmerman, whose awaiting trial, which may take a year before it starts.
"I hate to think that because of this incident, because of my actions, it's polarized and divided America. And I'm truly sorry."
Zimmerman also sent a message to his supporters on his website.
"I want to reach out to each supporter personally, however, the overwhelming support has made that effort challenging. I thank each and every one of you for your support, whether through your hard-earned money, words of encouragement, or most importantly through prayer," Zimmerman wrote.
Zimmerman has also asked for donations for his legal defense fund.
"I started a defense fund to help pay my living expenses, to help with legal expenses, and help with security expenses as needed. I have had no other means of generating income for five months let alone pay the enormous expenses surrounding this case," said Zimmerman.