George Zimmerman’s plan to sell the pistol he killed Trayvon Martin with appears to have backfired, because the bidding on Friday surpassed $65 million, and the names of the subsequently deleted highest bidders include “Racist McShootFace” and “Tamir Rice,” suggesting the auction had been hijacked.
Zimmerman shot 17-year-old Martin in 2012 inside a gated community in Sanford, Florida. He was charged with murder and later acquitted. On Thursday, Zimmerman listed his Kel-Tec PF-9 pistol on Gunbroker.com, and after the site removed his listing, another picked it up. The gun was posted on the United Gun Group’s website, and by Friday afternoon it’d received more than 1,000 bids.
Several accounts placed bids of $65 million, and one of those accounts used the name Racist McShootFace. It was later deleted, and the Associated Press reported that:
Other screen names of bidders on the site included "Donald Trump" … and "Tamir Rice," the name of a black 12-year-old who was shot and killed by Cleveland police in 2014 while playing with a pellet gun.
Another bid above $65 million came from someone named Craig Bryant, but that name too was deleted.
The biddings started at $5,000. Zimmerman’s ad said he would donate part of the proceeds to “fight BLM violence against Law Enforcement officers” and to “ensure the demise of Angela Correy’s persecution career and Hillary Clinton’s anti-firearm rhetoric.”