ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman’s parents say their son isn’t a racist.

Gladys and Robert Zimmerman Sr. also said Monday on ABC World News that if they had the chance they would tell Trayvon Martin’s parents they are very sorry about what happened.

Zimmerman was acquitted last Saturday by an all-female jury of committing a crime when he fatally shot 17-year-old Martin last year.

The acquittal has triggered protests around the nation. The U.S. Justice Department says it will review evidence to see whether federal criminal charges are warranted.

Martin was black, and Zimmerman is Hispanic. The case has carried racial overtones since Martin’s death.

Zimmerman’s parents said they don’t know if their son will ever be able to return to a normal life given the attention the case has garnered.

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