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Family rescued by George Zimmerman cancels TV appearance, fearing backlash

By CAROLINE LEE, UPI.com
Family rescued by George Zimmerman cancels TV appearance, fearing backlash
George Zimmerman leaving the courtroom after the jury deliberated for three and a half hours on day 24 of his trial. Zimmerman came out of hiding to help a family after they overturned their SUV. The family will not speak publicly because of the controversial nature of his not guilty verdict. UPI/Joe Burbank/Pool | License Photo

A family that was trapped in an overturned SUV was rescued by George Zimmerman. The story became popular quickly, but the family canceled a scheduled news conference Wednesday to talk about the rescue.

Zimmerman and another man saw a blue Ford Explorer overturned in the middle of the road, where they found Dana and Mark Gerstle with their two children trapped inside in Sanford, Fla., on Thursday.

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The Gerstle family was slated to hold a press conference today at the office of Mark O'Mara, Zimmerman's attorney. They cancelled a few hours before it was supposed to take place.

Instead, the family asked for privacy, saying that they are not comfortable taking interviews at this time. O'Mara said the family first approached him to speak, but became concerned about the anger surrounding Zimmerman's not guilty verdict.

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