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Trayvon killer: I pray for parents

The neighbourhood watch volunteer who shot dead a 17-year-old boy says he prays daily for the teenager's parents.

George Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder over the killing of Trayvon Martin in a gated community in Sanford, Florida, in February.

Fox News host Sean Hannity interviewed Zimmerman on Wednesday.

In an excerpt, Zimmerman said of Trayvon's parents: "My wife and I don't have any children... I love my children even though they aren't born yet, and I am sorry that they buried their child. I can't imagine what it must feel like, and I pray for them daily."

Zimmerman claims he was defending himself when he shot the unarmed youth.

His lawyer says he agreed to the interview because he was hoping to receive donations to Zimmerman's defence fund.

In the interview, Zimmerman said he would tell Trayvon's parents "I'm sorry", and would be open to talking with them.

When asked to explain what he meant when he told a police dispatcher he was following Trayvon, Zimmerman said he was trying to keep an eye on him to tell police.

Zimmerman said after he got out of his car, Trayvon was next to him. He said he looked down, then looked up and Trayvon punched him and broke his nose. He says as the two were struggling, Trayvon said: "You're going to die tonight."

He said Trayvon also reached for the gun that Zimmerman always carried.

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