After fatally shooting Trayvon Martin, Florida community watch captain George Zimmerman “couldn’t stop crying,” according to a family friend who spoke with him Saturday.

“After this started – the reports I got – [Zimmerman] “couldn’t stop crying,” Joe Oliver told “Good Morning America” on Sunday.

Oliver, who said he is a close friend of the family, said Zimmerman has gone into hiding, fears for his life, and is “just now becoming aware of how big this has gotten.”

Oliver said he has been in regular contact with members of Zimmerman’s family, who have briefed him on Zimmerman’s day-to-day reactions as the case has grown into a national referendum on race, gun laws and criminal justice.

On Saturday, the militant New Black Panther Party offered a $10,000 bounty for Zimmerman’s “capture.”

On Friday, members of the Miami Heat basketball team dispatched Twitter pictures showing team members wearing “hoodies,” apparently in solidarity with the family of Martin, who was wearing the popular hooded jacket when he was shot. Last week, President Obama weighed in on the controversial case, saying that if he had a son he would “look like” Trayvon Martin.

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