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Blood Money? Gun Used to Kill Trayvon Martin Reportedly Sold for $138K

© AP Photo / Orlando Sentinel, Joe BurbankIn this June 28, 2013, file photo, Sanford police officer Timothy Smith holds up the gun that was used to kill Trayvon Martin.
In this June 28, 2013, file photo, Sanford police officer Timothy Smith holds up the gun that was used to kill Trayvon Martin. - Sputnik International
A man named John Smith placed the successful bid to buy, from George Zimmerman, the boy’s killer, the gun that killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Smith, claiming to be from Alabama, bought the Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm handgun for $138,900 dollars.

Zimmerman, who was acquitted in the killing of the Florida teen, faced harsh criticism for selling what he labeled "an American firearm icon," and responded in an interview with the Daily Beast by blaming the boy’s death on the victim’s parents and upbringing. 

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"They didn’t raise their son right. He attacked a complete stranger and attempted to kill him," Zimmerman said, "Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin did everything they could to capitalize on her son’s death. She was never a mother figure to him. Tracy Martin couldn’t have cared less about their son. He treated him like a dog without a leash."

According to Zimmerman’s post on the auction site, Unitedgungroup.com, some of the proceeds from the sale would go to "fight BLM [Black Lives Matter] violence against Law Enforcement officers, ensure the demise of [Florida state prosecutor] Angela Corey’s persecution career and Hillary Clinton’s anti-firearm rhetoric."

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Zimmerman said that if he could, he "Would take that money and I would make sure that every law enforcement officer and every single civilian who is affected by the Black Lives Matter fraudulent, violent campaign—those officers, those civilians, their entire families—were made wealthy beyond their wildest imaginations."

Yasmina Mrabet, an organizer with Stop Police Terror Project DC  told Sputnik News that the auction was "disgusting" and "entirely unsurprising."

Mrabet suggested that the very public way the gun sale took place is an insult to people who have been killed by vigilantes, police and security guards in recent years.

"With him selling the gun and making it a big spectacle, it’s the system telling everybody ‘this is how things are and there nothing you can do about it,'" she said. "There will be no accountability when these killings happen. We’ve seen it time and again." 

This image taken from a video released by attorney Howard Iken on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, shows George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer who was acquitted of murder for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin, during an interview in Orlando, Fla., on Friday, March 7, 2014 - Sputnik International
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Ciara Taylor, political director of activist group the Dream Defenders feels that Zimmerman’s motivation for selling the gun is rooted in a deeper social and societal issue. 

"The recent actions of George Zimmerman are prime examples of a mental condition affecting the country at large: a heteropatriarchal, white supremacist societal illness that has been permeating and abstracting the moral conscience of the people of the United States since its foundation,"she said.

When asked if he felt remorse for the killing, Zimmerman replied, "Sure, I’m sorry for any parent that has lost a child," adding, "That being said, I also believe it’s their duty to have an internal dialogue to see what they should have done better and what they should have done appropriately."

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