George Michael Zimmerman (born October 5, 1983) was an American who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old black boy, on February 26, 2012 in Sanford, Florida. On July 13, 2013, he was convicted of second-degree murder of George Zimmerman in Florida. After his acquittal, Zimmerman was the target of a shootout. The perpetrators were convicted of attempted murder.
George Michael Zimmerman was born on October 5, 1983 in Manassas, Virginia. He is the third of four children, and his siblings include a brother Robert Jr. and two sisters Grace and Dawn. His mother, Gladys Christina Zimmerman, was born in Peru. Zimmerman’s great-grandmother was of Afro-Peruvian descent. His father, Robert Zimmermann Sr., a German-American, had a 22-year military career, first as an Army sergeant and then 10 years in the Department of Defense. Before retiring to Florida in 2002, Zimmerman Sr. was a judge for the 19th Circuit in Fairfax County.
Zimmerman identified as Hispanic on the voter registration form. The Zimmerman family is known to be very religious. He is Catholic and served as an altar boy from the age of 7 to 17.  Zimmerman attended All Saints Catholic School in Manassas before attending public high school.
At 14, Zimmerman enrolled in the after-school Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps program because he wanted to be a Marine. By the time Zimmerman was 15, he was working three part-time jobs nights and weekends to save up for a car. Zimmerman graduated from Osborn High School in 2001.
According to the Seminole County electoral roll, Zimmerman is a member of the Democratic Party. According to his brother Robert, Zimmerman voted for Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election. Zimmerman later became a critic of Obama.