(ORLANDO, Fla.) — An elderly Florida couple has been caught in the crosshairs of the Trayvon Martin shooting case due to an inaccurate retweet by Spike Lee and others.
The director retweeted an address said to belong to George Zimmerman, the man who shot Trayvon Martin dead on Feb. 26, to his 250,000 followers, according to website thesmokinggun.com. But the address was incorrect and has caused the couple to go into hiding.
David McClain, 72, and his wife Elaine McClain, 70, are now living in a hotel and said they are concerned for their safety.
“We’re afraid for our lives,” Elaine McClain told WKMG-TV in Orlando.
McClain said her son’s middle name is George and his last name is Zimmerman, but he hadn’t lived at the residence since 1995.
Elaine McClain has heart problems, and when contacted by ABC News, said she was not doing well and was heading out to a doctor’s appointment. McClain said she and her husband parked around the corner from their home and were briefly stopping by to grab clothes and other necessities.
The tweet originated from an account with the Twitter handle @MACCAPONE, The Smoking Gun reported. The account, which is the handle for a Los Angeles man named Marcus Higgins, tweeted the address at various celebrities. Lee was the only one to retweet it.
The director was active on Twitter Wednesday, retweeting negative messages he has received since sharing the McClains’ address.
Elaine McClain said Lee owes her and her husband a “big apology”.
As for now, the official word from Lee’s representatives? “No comment”.
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