Ahmuad Arbery’s Mother Says ‘Today Is Thanksgiving and I’m Really, Really Thankful’ After Guilty Verdict

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Ahmuad Arbery’s mom has spoken out on the day of thanks after her son’s murderers were found guilty.

Ahmaud Arbery was shot dead in Brunswick last February while he was jogging through the Satilla Shores neighborhood.

The 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.

The incident was filmed by their neighbor who has also been held responsible for Arbery’s death…

The twenty-eight-second video shows Arbery jogging around a neighborhood in late February 2020. The footage tragically ends with 3 loud gunshots.

And after his death many people came together in protest…

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A large crowd marched through the area where Arbery was killed to call for this brutality to end.

Marcus Arbery spoke out about the death of his son at the time, as per ABC News

Saying: “If my son killed the McMichael’s son, he would have been arrested on the spot.”

Marcus said his son, who was an aspiring boxer, was well known for jogging daily around the neighborhood.

“He took his body very seriously, always ran, and had pride in everything he did,” he said. “It cuts me deeply how his life was taken. I would have preferred them to come and take my life instead.”

Gregory McMichael, sixty-four, and his son, Travis McMichael, thirty-four, were arrested on May 8th 2020 for his murder.

Following the GBI’s announcement of the arrests, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr released a statement, saying: “This tragedy cannot be undone, but this is the first step in what I am confident will be a swift road to justice.”

Sadly, it hasn’t been a swift road at all.

The McMichaels told police they grabbed their guns and got in their truck to chase Arbery after seeing him running in their neighborhood, believing he was responsible for the burglaries that had recently took place.

The 2 men fought over the gun before Arbery was shot, as seen in the video, which was later announced was recorded by William Bryan.

However, it quickly came out that Arbery wasn’t responsible for any crime, and was wrongly targeted…

No weapons were found on him either, according to the police report.

Since the original footage emerged…

People were quick to point out that if it wasn’t for the recording, nothing would have been done about Arbery’s killing.

There was a loud call for justice…

And celebrities and politicians including Joe Biden, LeBron James, LL Cool J, and Kim Kardashian were among those who spoke out at the time.

LeBron James took to Instagram to share his outrage…

“We’re literally hunted EVERYDAY/EVERYTIME we step foot outside the comfort of our homes! Can’t even go for a damn jog man!”

Actress Viola Davis wrote…

“Stand with us and demand that Ahmaud’s murders are charged in his death. They are not immune from prosecution and should be tried for murder.”

Phillipa Soo took to Twitter to express how tired and angry she is…

“Remember his name,” she wrote.

Arbery’s mother spoke out about her son’s murder shortly after the incident…

And during the interview with TMZ, she said she would like prosecutors to seek death penalty sentences for Travis and Gregory McMichael.

“Coming from my point of view, my son died, so they should die as well,” she said. “I would like for all hands that were involved, that played a part in my son’s murder, to be prosecuted to the highest.”

The trial for Arbery’s case began last month, and over time some shocking revelations have been made…

Travis McMichael, the man that shot Arbery dead testified, admitting he never pulled out a weapon or threatened him in any way.

While under cross-examination McMichael said that Arbery indicated to him and his father that he didn’t want to talk after they repeatedly pulled up beside him while he was jogging…

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During the testimony, Prosecutor Linda Dunikoski asked McMichael if Arbery ever threatened him or tried to grab a weapon at all during the altercation…

“No,” McMichael said.

“He just ran?” the prosecutor asked.

“Yes, he was just running,” McMichael said.

McMichael said that he wanted to approach Arbery due to some of his neighbors mentioning an incident and wanted to ask him about it…

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However, things quickly escalated and once McMichael managed to catch up to him, Arbery tried to disarm him, resulting in him firing his shotgun at close range.

The defense tried to say Travis was acting in self-defense after Arbery tried to take his gun.

There’s no denying the trial has been a difficult time, particularly for Arbery’s family.

But there’s one moment, in particular, that was so difficult for Arbery’s mom that she had to leave the courtroom.

Arbery’s mom, Wanda Cooper-Jones, has spoken out about the comment on her son’s physical appearance made by a defense attorney.

And it’s sparked opinions online…

Cooper-Jones has spoken out after a defense attorney told the jury that Arbery had “no socks to cover his long, dirty toenails.”

Speaking with CBS Mornings, Cooper-Jones revealed that she “didn’t expect them to go that low.”

She also added that her son “didn’t deserve to die” regardless of “how dirty his toenails were.”

“I’ll just say this, regardless of how long and how dirty his toenails were, that’s still my son, and he didn’t deserve to die the way that he died.”

The jury made its decision, too.

Travis and Gregory McMichael and William ‘Roddie’ Bryan have been found guilty of the murder of Ahmaud Arbery.

Travis McMichael was convicted of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and criminal attempt to commit a felony. Gregory McMichael and William Bryan were acquitted of only the top charge and all 3 men now face up to life in prison.

And now, Wanda Cooper Jones, Ahmaud’s mom, has spoken out on Thanksgiving day.

This morning, on Thanksgiving, Ahmaud’s mom has expressed how thankful she is just 1 day after the 3 men who were charged for her son’s shooting, were found guilty of felony murder.

And what she said was so touching.

But she also said a few heartwarming things outside the courtroom yesterday, too.

“Thank you for those who marched, those who prayed,” she said, as she expressed her son can now rest peacefully.

“It has been a long fight, it has been a hard fight, but God is good, to tell you the truth, I never saw this day back in 2020,” she continued. “I never thought this day would come but God is good.”

His dad also said a few things as well.

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“I wouldn’t want to see no daddy watch their kid get shot down like that. So, it’s all our problem, it’s all our problem.

“Let’s keep fighting, let’s keep making this place a better place for all human beings,” he continued, before finishing: “Today is a good day.”

And today, although nothing will ever heal the loss of Ahmaud Arbery…

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His mom, and the rest of his family, finally got to celebrate some closure.

“Today is Thanksgiving and I’m really, really thankful,” she began telling Good Morning America this morning.

My family and I are really, really thankful for the verdict we got yesterday,” adding that: “We finally got justice for Ahmaud.”

The mom showed no hatred, either, pointing out instead that their bad decision to murder her son cost them their family life.

“I would simply tell them that their bad decisions have impacted two families; my family and again their family.”

We are so incredibly sorry for your loss, but we are so grateful that he can now rest peacefully.