In a Fox News interview with Sean Hannity that aired Wednesday, George Zimmerman said that he did not regret getting out of the car with a gun to follow 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on the February night the Florida teen was shot.
“I feel that it was all God’s plan, and for me to second-guess it or judge it ... ” Zimmerman said, trailing off and shaking his head.
Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in Martin’s death.
“I can’t imagine what it must feel like. ... I pray for them daily,” Zimmerman added of Martin’s parents.
Martin’s father, Tracy, responded to Zimmerman’s statement that their son’s death was part of a divine plan by telling the Associated Press:
“We must worship a different God. There is no way that my God wanted George Zimmerman to murder my teenage son,” Tracy Martin said.
An April Reuters profile of Zimmerman described him as coming from a “deeply Catholic background” and noted that he had served as an altar boy for a decade at All Saints Catholic Church in Manassas, Va.
In the wake of Martin’s shooting death, a number of church leaders around the country took to the pulpit in hooded sweatshirts “in Martin’s memory,” USA Today reported.