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A mistaken Methodist

Death threats were the last type of phone calls George A. Zimmermann thought he'd get after serving for 55 years as his community's preacher. And he never thought he'd be mistaken for the man headlining recent news: George Zimmerman, the Sanford, Fla., neighborhood watch volunteer acquitted in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin. Zimmermann, 78, retired to Deland, Fla., 16 years ago from his post at Georgetown United Methodist Church in Paradise, Pa. He said his time in Florida was relatively peaceful until the phone calls began trickling in — first after the shooting, then after the verdict. After the July 14 death threats, he changed his phone number.


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