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Mistaken Spike Lee Re-Tweet Causes Couple In Their 70s To Leave Home In Fear

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Mar. 28 2012, Published 3:00 p.m. ET

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A Sanford, Florida couple in their 70s has had to vacate their home abruptly, after a Twitter user mistakenly posted their address as belonging to George Zimmerman, the Sanford neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last month.

The tweet gained widespread play when it was re-tweeted by director Spike Lee, causing a flood of negative feedback to the septuagenarian couple, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The couple has relocated to a local hotel, their son Chip Humble told the paper, after receiving harassing mail, media inquiries and concern from neighbors.

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