49-year-old Junior Alexander Guy got his first cell phone last month and to his surprise, the first call he received was someone yelling:
“You deserve to die!”
The calls were coming at all hours of the night; many were insulting, while others angry and sometimes, they even threatened his life.
As it turns out, cell phone company T-Mobile had given him the phone number formerly used by George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Trayvon Martin in February.
The number, 407-435-2400, was the one Zimmerman spelled out to a police dispatcher in a recorded call the night of the shooting that has since been widely circulated by news organizations and is available on the Internet.
Guy, who works at an Orlando wastewater plant, said his phone rang around the clock, explaining:
“At 2 o’clock, 3 o’clock in the morning I kept getting these.”
He estimates he received 70 threatening calls and has since moved out of his home and relocated his mother, who had lived with him, to a different location.
“I was not only afraid for my life, I was afraid for my mother’s,” he said.
He got the phone May 7 and by May 16, he turned the phone over to Orlando lawyer Robert Trimble. Since then, the phone has been in Trimble’s safe.
The lawyer has asked T-Mobile to pay damages, but would not say how much. T-Mobile has said no, according to its top lawyer, Aram Meade.
Guy had never had a cell phone, in part, because he got out of prison last year after serving 19 years on a cocaine trafficking charge. It was his third time in state prison, according to Florida Department of Corrections records.
The only calls the real Zimmerman is receiving is from his wife, as he is currently sitting in a Seminole County Jail, awaiting trial on a second-degree murder charge
Source: Global Grind