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Martin's parents reject 'God's plan' claim

The Associated Press

MIRAMAR, Fla. -- The parents of the unarmed teen who was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer rejected the shooter's claim that the death was a part of God's plan.

In an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity televised yesterday, George Zimmerman said he felt the course of the night 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was killed "was all God's plan."

"We must worship a different God," Martin's father, Tracy Martin, told The Associated Press. "There is no way that my God wanted George Zimmerman to murder my teenage son."

On NBC's "Today" show Thursday, the teen's mother, Sybrina Fulton, said the notion was "ridiculous."

In the Fox News interview, Zimmerman also said he'd like to talk with Trayvon Martin's parents about what happened.

"Absolutely not," Fulton said when asked on NBC whether she'd be willing to meet with Zimmerman.

The Fox News interview was Zimmerman's first lengthy television interview and was conducted at an undisclosed location in Seminole County, Fla.

Zimmerman, 28, is charged with second-degree murder in the Feb. 26 shooting in Sanford, about 20 miles north of Orlando.

Martin is black and Zimmerman has a white father and Hispanic mother. The shooting prompted nationwide protests when Zimmerman was not arrested for weeks after the shooting.

Zimmerman claims Martin attacked him and has pleaded not guilty, claiming self-defense under Florida's "stand your ground" law. He is free on $1 million bail.

In his interview, Zimmerman said he would like to tell Martin's parents he was sorry about the teen's death.

"I can't imagine what it must feel like. And I pray for them daily," Zimmerman said. Later, he added: "I am sorry that this happened."

But Fulton said it is hard for her to accept his apology because he still says he does not regret anything he did on the night of the shooting.

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