(WINTER PARK, Fla.) — Lori Tankel’s life has been a living hell since a jury acquitted George Zimmerman of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Trayvon Martin.
Although she wasn’t remotely connected to the case, Tankel, of Winter Park, Fla., has received numerous death threats since the verdict.
It seems her phone number is one digit away from the number Zimmerman used to make his call to police just before he fatally shot Martin on Feb. 26, 2012.
That call and the phone number were played repeatedly during the trial, and Tankel says someone posted her number online thinking it was his.
Right after the verdict, Tankel said her phone began to “blow up” with calls that essentially said, “We’re going to kill you, we’re going to get you, watch your back.”
Meanwhile, Tankel said the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office was little help because “they were averaging 400 death threats per minute on social media outlets and so what I was getting was just a drop in the bucket.”
Tankel has changed her phone number to avoid further harassment.
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