George Zimmerman Costume: Friends Dress Up as Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
October 27, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Two friends in Florida dressed up as George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin for a Halloween party this month.

A photo of the two was posted on Facebook but later removed.

Before it was removed, the man who dressed up as Zimmerman was identified as Greg Cimeno, a 22-year-old who lives in Cape Coral.

The man who dressed up as Trayvon Martin–a white man who painted his face black–has been identified as William Filene, who also lives in Cape Coral.

Zimmerman killed Martin in Florida in February 2013. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, approached Martin and they ended up grappling with each other, after which Zimmerman shot him.

Zimmerman claimed self-defense in a situation that sparked people’s emotions across the United States. Zimmerman was acquitted of criminal charges earlier this year by a jury, but still may face charges from the Department of Justice.

Cimeno as Martin also had a grey sweatshirt with red substance on it representing blood, and in the photo Filene as Zimmerman points two fingers at Cimeno’s head, signifying a gun.

In the comments posted on the photo before it was taken off Facebook, a Megan Paulsen said: “Not cool.”

“No that funny,” added Kristina Swinney-Dunne.”

In response, Cimeno said “Not too funny. It’s hilarious!!”

On the article on the Smoking Gun about the photo, people have been debating whether it was appropriate to dress up as Zimmerman and Martin.

“Anything for a laugh? So a kid gets murdered and its funny some people are beyond disgusting,” said Michelee Vasquez.

“Whats disgusting is the fact people defend a scumbag thug, if his last name was Martinez and not Zimmerman i bet your would flip the script,” responded Steve Knauer.

“Annnnnnd? where is the story here? who cares?” said Christina Morejon.

“Yeah, blatant racism is never a story,” said Paul Evans.

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.