Citing the “covert nature” of the jobs, the Transportation Security Administration would not confirm his employment.
“Due to the covert nature of their mission, TSA does not confirm the identity of Federal Air Marshals,” spokeswoman Sari Koshetz wrote to The Herald.
Osterman graduated from Daytona Beach Community College in 1992, according to his Facebook profile. His wife expressed public Facebook support for former Sanford Police Chief Lee, who was fired in his role in the shooting investigation.
Zimmerman shot Trayvon, an unarmed Miami Gardens teenager, and told police the youth attacked him. In the days after the shooting, then-chief Lee said the injuries and evidence supported Zimmerman’s claims of self defense, but the outcry that ensued cost Lee his job. The investigation was yanked from his department, and the FDLE and FBI took over the case.
After the shooting, Zimmerman fled his home because of death threats and organizations like the New Black Panther Party, which put a bounty on his head. As tempers flared nationwide, Zimmerman hid at Osterman’s home for as long as six weeks before he left the state, according to Osterman’s interview with the FBI and the FDLE.
Six weeks after the Feb. 26 killing, Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder.
On April 26, agents paid Osterman a visit.
The FBI and FDLE record shows the agents asked Osterman if he knew whether Zimmerman had researched Angela Corey, the special prosecutor assigned to investigate him. Osterman said he did not know.
Osterman described Zimmerman as frugal and organized. He detailed Zimmerman’s account of the attack he said he endured from Trayvon that led to the shooting, and offered glimpses of his friend’s personal life. He told authorities that Zimmerman’s mother was strict and hit him “all the time” when he was a child, while the father largely ignored the abuse. The family had been estranged just prior to the shooting, he said.
“Zimmerman is frustrated with the New Black Panther Party and is very scared of them,” the FBI-FDLE report said. “Zimmerman is very concerned with all the negative reaction from the press and others and wants more evidence released to show what really happened.”