Dear Mr. George Zimmerman:
My name is Dr. Garrard McClendon, an education professor from Chicago State University. I am humbly asking for you to surrender to the authorities for the incident occurring on February 26, 2012.
Two teenagers murdered my parents (Milton and Ruby McClendon) two days after their 54th wedding anniversary. It took 7 days for the FBI along with county and state police to foster a surrender and apprehension. The time period felt like decades as my family prayed, hoped, and wished for a surrender.
I prayed for the perpetrators, and forgave them before they were apprehended. Once the suspects were in custody, a burden was lifted.
The burden of scrutiny from protests and marches may be taking a toll on your quality of life and your family's privacy. This is not a pleasant situation in the least. The incident has changed the lives of thousands of people in our nation and worldwide, especially the Martin family and your family. Climates of stress, anger, and uncertainty have been brewing, and the point of outbreak is near.
I want George Zimmerman to know that Garrard McClendon forgives you. I do not speak for the family of the victim. I do not speak for anyone other than myself. I simply ask you to surrender to your responsibility in the death of Trayvon Martin. I ask your legal team to offer your surrender to your responsibility in the death of Trayvon Martin.
I do not write this letter to judge you or Trayvon Martin. I write this letter to quell the fears, anger, and potential destruction of our belief in human dignity, humanity, and civility.
George Zimmerman can maintain his dignity and humanity by surrendering to the authorities. As a professor, I will give my best effort to protect you, protect your right of a fair trail, protect your rights as a U.S. citizen, and to give my best effort to support your right to your choice of plea.
As each day passes, the world awaits your agreement to surrender. This is your opportunity to take full responsibility as a man who is responsible for the taking of a human being's life.
The world awaits your courage, your sensitivity, your hope in a free society, your willingness to step forward and claim your rightful place. We are counting on you to restore our faith in humanity.
I, Garrard McClendon, ask George Zimmerman to surrender to authorities for the events leading to the death of Trayvon Martin.
Garrard McClendon, Ph.D.
Chicago State University
9501 S. King Drive
Chicago, IL 60619
cc: Benjamin Crump @attorneycrump