Nearly a week after arrests were made, Ahmaud Arbery's mother has spoken out about her son's murder, and she wants the death penalty for her son's killers.
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Ahmaud Arbery was shot dead in Brunswick on February 23 while he was jogging through the Satilla Shores neighborhood.
via: The Arbery familyThe twenty-five-year-old black man was unarmed and out jogging when he was shot by 2 white men who claimed they thought he was a burglar.
Cellphone footage showing the moment he was shot has prompted national outrage since it surfaced online last week...
via: TwitterThe twenty-eight-second video shows Arbery jogging around a neighborhood on a sunny afternoon in late February. The footage ends with 2 loud gunshots.
After the video circulated on social media...
This man was hunted down like an animal and his life was thrown away like he was worthless this could have been me… https://t.co/X2pegmyiIJ— Jay (@Jay)1588806057.0
Arbery's parents, Wanda Jones Cooper and Marcus Arbery Sr, spoke at a press conference after the footage was released.
Marcus Arbery said his son, who was an aspiring boxer, was athletic and known for taking daily jogs around the neighborhood.
My heart is broke for the family of Ahmaud Arbery. As a mother, my child is my child regardless of age, I can’t ima… https://t.co/SCiFnZ0xPx— Maryanne Dooner (@Maryanne Dooner)1588900455.0
Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son, Travis McMichael, 34, were arrested on Thursday last week for his murder.
It’s foul that 2 months following Ahmad Arbery’s murder, a video has to surface the internet and a petition has to… https://t.co/QBobqzlY9G— icandoanything (@icandoanything)1588894336.0
The father claimed his son got out of the truck holding a shotgun and was attacked by Arbery, as per the police report obtained by ABC News.
BREAKING: Greg and Travis McMichael, the retired police officer and son who shot and killed Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-yea… https://t.co/a7VA40rIxg— Democracy Now! (@Democracy Now!)1588900392.0
Arbery was pronounced dead at the scene by the Glynn County coroner.
via: TwitterNo weapons were found on him, according to the police report.
Arbery would have turned twenty-six last Friday.
The footage is truly harrowing...
“The series of events captured in this video confirm what all the evidence indicated prior to its release— Ahmaud A… https://t.co/illKiqlPyY— S. Lee Merritt, Esq. (@S. Lee Merritt, Esq.)1588703590.0
Additional footage quickly emerged...
I can’t tell you how many times my husband and I have gone into homes under construction while out on a walk or run… https://t.co/2wCScPOqRA— Shannon Watts (@Shannon Watts)1589123941.0
Some people decided to use this footage, and his past, as a way of justifying his killing.
Video confirmation there was no b&e, no theft, no vandalism. #AhmaudArbery was for all intents and purposes a poten… https://t.co/ad0s4LseM0— Drew Comments (@Drew Comments)1589131256.0
And of course...
This is #AhmaudArbery’s mom, Wanda Cooper. Two days ago, would have been his birthday. Today, they should have cele… https://t.co/0vkokTlcsJ— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@Ana Navarro-Cárdenas)1589124773.0
There is a loud call for justice...
There are three injustices surrounding #AhmaudArbery - 1. His murder. 2. The coverup and failure to prosecute his… https://t.co/5aiVHy1qum— Jacob Denhollander (@Jacob Denhollander)1589133605.0
LeBron James expressed his outrage.
We’re literally hunted EVERYDAY/EVERYTIME we step foot outside the comfort of our homes! Can’t even go for a damn j… https://t.co/r2yPGUnb8c— LeBron James (@LeBron James)1588802793.0
Actress, Viola Davis, provided a call to action.
Countless celebrities have weighed in.
I am so tired...and so angry... Remember his name #AhmaudArbery— Phillipa Soo (@Phillipa Soo)1588807962.0
But one celebrity caused outrage with their post about Arbery's killing.
Justin posted this picture of Arbery to his Instagram last week.
But people quickly noticed something about the post.
After seeing his post, actress Amanda Seales posted a video to her Instagram to call out the star.
During the video, the star asks, in the format of a song, white celebrities to engage with racist online users.
via: Instagram"This goes out to all those white celebrities. You see I turned off my comments 'cause I got tired of arguing with racists. But you know what - it's your turn. "It's time for you to see/Who's been following you. They gonna show ya, show ya true colors/Confederate Karen and her husband, red-faced Ken."
The actress went on to say that it's not enough for a white celebrity to post a "jpeg" with comments closed.
via: Instagram"Saying I don't see color, over and over and over again/It's the bitter smell of strange fruit in the air, yeah yeah yeah," referring to the song "Strange Fruit." "Scroll through and tell me what you see/Ha! A whole lot of racists, a whole lot of privilege. Talk to 'em. let 'em know, 'You all on some bulls-t out here'/'You buy my album but you not even realizing I'm doing Black music and I'm saying Black things.'"
Many fans were backing Amanda's corner...
@TMZ @TooFab She is 100% correct! Don’t “half step”.— Nicole Mack Jackson (@Nicole Mack Jackson)1589016951.0
Fans have begun to slowly turn against Justin...
So I kinda hate Justin Timberlake now https://t.co/rtkVueB0yq— Zazie’s Beats 🎵 (@Zazie’s Beats 🎵)1589215178.0
People didn't feel it was appropriate for Justin, as a white man, to turn off his comments.
Justin Timberlake turned off the comments for his IG post about Ahmaud... https://t.co/GkO7EbmuLQ— wynter mitchell rohrbaugh (@wynter mitchell rohrbaugh)1588958176.0
But some have been left torn over the situation.
I don’t know if I find Justin Timberlake turning the comments off on his Ahmaud Arbery post to be respectful or a cop out. I’m torn.— Shalissa’s Tale (@Shalissa’s Tale)1589135042.0
And many have quickly jumped to Justin's defense...Saying that he more than likely turned off the comments to prevent insensitive and offensive comments - which, let's face it, is what would have happened.
But at the end of the day...
Whichever police officers responded to the scene of the Ahmad Aubrey murder need to be investigated.— usa is a failed state (@usa is a failed state)1588906342.0
Nearly a week after the arrests were made...
via: Getty ImagesArbery's mother has spoken out about her son's murder.
Wanda Cooper-Jones spoke to TMZ yesterday.
Ahmaud Arbery was born on a Mother's Day. To his mother, Mrs. Wanda Cooper-Jones, We are thinking of you on this M… https://t.co/6HYjZJMBPB— Roc Nation (@Roc Nation)1589115601.0
Could the death penalty actually be sought?
"Ahmaud carried the most humble spirit. Ahmaud was kind." The mother of Ahmaud Arbery appeared on @GMA this morning… https://t.co/IDIQzMhV3c— WSB-TV (@WSB-TV)1588875300.0
Wanda revealed she has spoken to the newly appointed prosecutor, Joyette Holmes.
On Mother’s Day 1994 Wanda Cooper-Jones gave birth to #AhmaudArbery. He was born the youngest of 3 in Brunswick, GA… https://t.co/7WL5O84o7N— S. Lee Merritt, Esq. (@S. Lee Merritt, Esq.)1589114322.0