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George Zimmerman has angered Trayvon Martin's family by telling Fox News in an interview that the teenager's death was "all God's plan."
George Zimmerman has given his first TV interview since he shot dead Trayvon Martin nearly five months ago – and not surprisingly, the teenager's family didn't like it.
Zimmerman, out on bail while he awaits his trial for second-degree murder, told Fox News' Sean Hannity that he wanted to tell the Martins and the country: "I'm sorry that this happened."
"I am sorry that they buried their child," he said. "I can't imagine what it must feel like. I pray for them daily."
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The neighborhood watch volunteer – who was accompanied by his lawyer – repeated his account of the night of February 26, including that Martin hit him in the face and threatened to kill him.
He told Hannity that he didn't regret his actions that night, neither getting out of his car nor carrying a gun.
"I feel that it was all God's plan," Zimmerman said.
The comment swiftly drew the Martin family's anger. In a statement to the Miami Herald, Trayvon's father, Tracy Martin, said: "We must worship a different God, because there's no way my God would have wanted George Zimmerman to kill my son."
Meanwhile Trayvon's mother told NBC's Today show that Zimmerman's interpretation was "ridiculous."
"I wish Trayvon was here to tell his side of the story," Sybrina Fulton said, adding that she was "absolutely not" interested in talking to Zimmerman about her son's death.
Meanwhile, the New York Post reported Thursday that Barbara Walters rejected demands Zimmerman had made in exchange for an interview.