Little is known about George Zimmerman, the man who is behind the deadly shooting of a Florida teen last month, as he remains in hiding and the investigation is ongoing.
But here in Manassas, some new details are emerging.
Pastor of of All Saints Catholic Church Fr. Bob Cilinski said Zimmerman was active in the church in Manassas where he grew up, serving as an altar boy and evening receptionist in the office.
"The Zimmerman family were known and respected in the community for their dedication and service," the pastor said in a prepared statement.
Zimmerman moved to Florida in the summer of 2001 with his family after graduating from Osbourn High School. He was arrested in 2005 by a Bureau Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agent in Florida and charged with resisting an officer with violence and battery on a law enforcement official. He was booked and released on a security bond of $1,000. The charges were amended from a felony to a misdemeanor and were eventually dropped, according to court records.
Zimmerman, 28, is accused of shooting an unarmed Martin after an incident in a Florida neighborhood where Zimmerman served as a neighborhood watch volunteer. Zimmerman, who has claimed self-defense in the shooting, was not arrested after conducting a police interview—something that has sparked national outrage.
Just yesterday, the Sanford City, Fla., police chief stepped down temporarily as officials from the Department of Justice, FBI and other law enforcement agencies conduct their own investigation into the handling of the case by local law enforcement. A rally in Florida Thursday evening organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton drew thousands, who demanded justice for Trayvon Martin.
The shooting has also prompted questions about Florida gun laws and the state's Stand Your Ground law, which allows a person to use deadly force even in public areas when threatened without attempting to retreat.
"We are very saddened to hear of the death of Trayvon Martin in Florida
and the tragic circumstances surrounding his death," said Pastor Cilinski. "We continue to keep the Zimmerman and Martin families in our prayers."
Previous neighbors of Zimmerman's in Manassas told the Orlando Sentinel that they knew of him, but he mostly kept to himself and they know very little about him.