(KRON) — A Twitter account claiming to belong to George Zimmerman, the former Florida neighborhood watch guard acquitted of gunning down Trayvon Martin in 2012, has drawn outrage after it retweeted a graphic photo showing the boy’s lifeless body lying on the grass.
The image, which was used as evidence during Zimmerman’s trial, was posted over the weekend but Twitter has since taken it down.
Zimmerman, who has reportedly been using the Twitter handle @TherealGeorgeZ, retweeted the photo to over 10,000 followers. It was posted by someone who mentioned Zimmerman in the original tweet along with the caption, “Z-Man is a one man army.”
Screen shots of Zimmerman’s retweet went viral as thousands of users blasted him for seeming to boast about killing the unarmed 17-year-old.
“#georgezimmerman retweeting the photo of a dead child he killed is the very reason why Black ppl need to stop forgiving these racist killers,” said Tariq Nasheed, who tweets by handle “@tariqnasheed.
The backlash did little to discourage Zimmerman from seeking attention. On Monday, the 31-year-old fought back launching insults and using images to taunt his critics.
“As much as I love owning all you trolls I have to work… On my tan! Tell “Karma” she’s worthless, God protects me,” he wrote in the caption of photo showing him holding a cigar on a beach.
Zimmerman has noticeably taken a more aggressive and racist tone recently to battle back against social media trolls. He changed his Twitter profile photo to the Confederate battle flag. In August, Zimmerman responded to someone who was taunting him on Twitter with a message in what many believe may have been a reference to the Martin fatal shooting.
“We all know how it ended for the last moron that hit me. Give it a whirl cupcake,” Zimmerman wrote.
We all know how it ended for the last moron that hit me. Give it a whirl cupcake. https://t.co/F0IlHiHLX6
— George Zimmerman (@TherealGeorgeZ) August 27, 2015
Since the Martin shooting, Zimmerman has had other run-ins with police, including a domestic violence call at his home in 2013 and an aggravated assault charge in 2015, but charges in both cases were later dropped.
As much as I love owning all you trolls I have to work… On my tan! Tell "Karma" she's worthless, God protects me. pic.twitter.com/Cz6SFfDiLY
— George Zimmerman (@TherealGeorgeZ) September 28, 2015
Dear @twitter - How have you not suspended George Zimmerman's account? How?
— andy lassner (@andylassner) September 28, 2015
Is Twitter going to allow any more killers to tweet the bodies of their victims or is that courtesy only extended to George Zimmerman?
— Jonathan Jewel (@JonathanJewel) September 28, 2015
At trial, George Zimmerman hotly denied that the shooting was about race. He now uses confederate flag as profile pic, tweets racist jokes.
— Lisa Bloom (@LisaBloom) September 28, 2015