Winter Park woman getting Zimmerman death threats


Lori Tankel

WINTER PARK, Fla. - A Winter Park woman said she began getting death threats to her cellphone after a jury acquitted George Zimmerman.

She said her number is one digit away from Zimmerman's number and someone posted her number online thinking it was his.

Lori Tankel said she's used to getting a ton of calls for work through her job as a sales representative for different horse companies.

But she could have never expected what began Saturday night.

"My phone just started to blow up. Phone call after phone call, multiple phone calls," Tankel said.

She said the calls and death threats to her cell began just minutes after a jury acquitted Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

"We're going to kill you, we're going to get you. Watch your back," said someone on a call.

Her number is one number off from the number Zimmerman used to make his call to police just before he fatally shot Martin.

The call and that phone number were played over and over during the trial.

Tankel showed Eyewitness News a log of nearly 100 threatening calls she's gotten since.

Tankel said she called the Seminole County Sheriff's Office to report the threats but didn't get much traction.

"They said they were averaging 400 death threats per minute on social media sites, so what I was getting was just a drop in the bucket," Tankel said.

She said she doesn't know what to do and is now being forced to change her number.

Tankel said the situation is aggravating and feels like someone should be held accountable for what happened to her.