George, you should have disappeared as soon as the case was done. These headlines aren’t doing you any good.
A gun used to shoot dead unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin is to be auctioned by the man who shot him, George Zimmerman.
Mr Zimmerman, a neighbourhood watchman, was cleared over the death of the 17-year-old in February 2012 after saying he acted in self-defence.
He said he was selling the gun partly to raise funds to fight “Hillary Clinton’s anti-firearm rhetoric”.
The Martin family would not “comment on the actions of that person”, they said.
“The Trayvon Martin Foundation is committed to its mission of ending senseless gun violence in the United States,” his family said in a statement to media in Florida.
“This election season, we are laser focused on furthering that mission.”
When asked by Florida television channel WOFL what he would say to people opposed to the sale, Mr Zimmerman said: “They’re not going to be bidding on it, so I couldn’t care less about them.”
The one-day online auction opens at 11:00 EDT (15:00 GMT) on Thursday. The opening bidding price for the 9mm pistol is set at $5,000 (£3,464).