Family Saved by Zimmerman Cancels Thank You
They were worried about 'blowback,' says Zimmerman's lawyer
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 25, 2013 10:24 AM CDT
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(Newser) – George Zimmerman burst back onto the scene in the most unexpected of ways this week, rescuing a family of four from a vehicle that had overturned on a Florida highway. Now, Zimmerman's attorney is explaining that Mark and Dana Michelle Gerstle "really wanted" to thank Zimmerman publicly, but canceled a press conference planned for yesterday afternoon over fears of "blowback." They were worried about being linked to someone who is "right now very toxic," Mark O'Mara told CNN last night. Reuters adds that the Gerstles aren't talking to the media and have placed a "no trespassing" sign on their lawn.

The other newsy tidbit from the O'Mara interview: He says the 9mm semiautomatic Kel-Tec handgun that killed Trayvon Martin won't ever fire another shot. "That gun will never be used by anyone again. That needs to be destroyed and just be done with." (Meanwhile, celebs are boycotting Florida over the verdict.)

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rickydarlin
Jul 25, 2013 1:11 PM CDT
well then.....we have to cram you and your family back in the burning vehicle
extremenewsjunkie
Jul 25, 2013 1:05 PM CDT
My son received an award from the fire department for saving a life. No one held a press conference.
KDickley
Jul 25, 2013 12:45 PM CDT
I'll bet they were thankful Zimm and his friend helped them from their burning car. It's too bad racists like Obama, Holder, Sharpton, Jackson, NAACP, and the lamestream nedia have race baited so much that normal people (black and white) have to fear for their safety.