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George Zimmerman retweets photo of dead Trayvon Martin, sets off a storm

SANFORD, FL - JULY 11:  Defendant George Zimmerman arrives for his murder trial in Semimole circuit court July 10, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. Judge Debra Nelson has ruled that the jury can also consider a manslaughter charge along with the second-degree murder charge in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (Photo by Gary W. Green-Pool/Getty Images)

SANFORD, FL - JULY 11: Defendant George Zimmerman arrives for his murder trial in Semimole circuit court July 10, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. Judge Debra Nelson has ruled that the jury can also consider a manslaughter charge along with the second-degree murder charge in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (Photo by Gary W. Green-Pool/Getty Images)  (2013 Getty Images)

George Zimmerman caused a social media stir over the weekend when he retweeted a photo of the dead body of Trayvon Martin, the black teen he shot and killed in 2012 and whose murder he was acquitted of by a jury a year later.

The original message was posted by an apparent admirer of Zimmerman who goes by the nickname @SeriousSlav. He tagged a few people, Zimmerman among them, and captioned the photo, “Z-Man is a one-man army.”

The picture, which was used as evidence during the trial, shows the 17-year-old Martin lying on the ground with policemen standing over him.

The post was removed on Sunday by Twitter, the New York Daily News reported, but not before Zimmerman retweeted the image to his 11,300-some followers.

A number of people responded negatively on social media, including the hip-hop artist Talib Kweli Greene, who wrote, “George Zimmerman is online posting pics of Trayvon Martin’s dead body right now. Let that sink in America.”

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Zimmerman has actively courted controversy in recent months, especially on social media. His Twitter image is of a Confederate battle flag.

Last month, he responded to a hostile tweet by referring to Martin. “We all know how it ended for the last moron that hit me,” Zimmerman replied. “Give it a whirl, cupcake.”

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