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George Zimmerman Gun Auction Hijacked by Apparently Fake Bids

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Internet users may have put to an end to George Zimmerman’s attempt to auction online the gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin.

Apparently fake accounts jacked up the bids to higher than $65 million as of Friday morning, according to the Associated Press, with the leading bidder listed as “Racist McShootFace.”

Zimmerman, 32, caused an uproar when he tried to sell the pistol he used to shoot an unarmed black teenager online earlier this week. The site originally hosting the auction, GunBroker.com took the listing offline, saying they “wanted no part in the listing on our website or in any of the publicity it is receiving.”

Zimmerman took his listing to the United Gun Group, where the bidding for the 9 mm Kel-Tec PF-9 pistol started at $5,000.

High bidders for the auction include the screen names “Donald Trump” and “Tamir Rice,” the name of a 12-year-old black boy who was shot and killed by police in Cleveland.

The auction listing said that a portion of proceeds from the sale were to go toward fighting violence against police officers from the Black Lives Matter movement and fighting Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Zimmerman was acquitted in the February 2012 shooting death of Martin. The case sparked protests across the country.

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