As the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin becomes national news, the man who killed the high school junior continues to claim his innocence saying it was all in self-defense.
But as we delve deeper into the background of 28-year-old George Zimmerman, we see a man who wanted to be a cop so badly that he carried a gun and appointed himself neighborhood watch captain of the Retreat of Twin Lakes Townhomes association.
On Feb. 26th, Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon while he was walking home from 7-Eleven. Zimmerman called 911 telling them that there was a “suspicious person” in the neighborhood. When police told Zimmerman not to confront Trayvon he did anyway, the two got into a confrontation and Trayvon ended up dead from a gunshot wound to the chest.
Zimmerman claims he acted in self-defense, and police never considered the case as anything but possible manslaughter.
Zimmerman’s past suggests that he wanted to be, at one time, a law enforcement official as he attended the University of Central Florida while studying criminal justice.
He had a concealed-weapons permit to carry and patrolled his neighborhood while carrying his 9mm handgun.
Zimmerman is an ideal candidate to identify with “Hero Syndrome,” an affliction related to people who seek heroism or recognition. It’s a syndrome associated with people who have a yearning for self-worth.
Once a criminal justice student and now captain of the neighborhood watch, Zimmerman wanted to be a hero. Here a few other things to know about the man who killed Trayvon Martin.