george zimmerman*(Via Fox News) – George Zimmerman, in an interview Wednesday with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, called the shooting death of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin a “tragic situation” and “the most difficult thing I’ll ever go through in my life.”

But Zimmerman, a volunteer neighborhood watch leader, also spoke in detail about what happened that fateful night in February, saying he had followed Martin because he looked suspicious running between houses in the rain.

Martin had turned to confront Zimmerman and “asked me what my problem was” before the exchange escalated into violence, Zimmerman told Hannity in his first TV interview. He said he reached into his pocket to find his phone to call 911 for a second time. “I looked up and he punched me and broke my nose,” Zimmerman said, his attorney, Mark O’Mara, sitting by his side.

At one point Zimmerman said he heard Martin “telling me he’s going to kill me.”

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Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for shooting and killing 17-year-old Martin on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla., though he says he acted in self-defense. At first, “I didn’t think I hit him,” Zimmerman said, adding he only found out later that Martin had died.

Now he is in hiding and said he feels his life is in jeopardy, based on death threats he has received. He told Fox News that on the night of the shooting he had gone out to shop at Target — “that’s the last time I’ve been home.”

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In this clip from the interview, Zimmerman says he prays for Travon’s parents daily: