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Ahmaud Arbery’s Family Shares Their Grief at His Killers’ Sentencing

The family of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man who was chased and murdered by three white men while jogging in a Georgia neighborhood, called for the men convicted of killing him to receive the maximum possible sentences.

These men have chose to lie and attack my son and his surviving family. They each have no remorse and do not deserve any leniency. This wasn’t a case of mistaken identity or mistaken fact. They chose to target my son because they didn’t want him in their community. They chose to treat him differently than other people who frequently visited their community. And when they couldn’t sufficiently scare him or intimidate him, they killed him. Ahmaud had dark skin that glistened in the sunlight like gold. He had thick, curly hair, and he would often like to twist it. Ahmaud had a broad nose, and the color of his eyes was filled with melanin. He was tall with an athletic build. He enjoyed running and had an appreciation for being outdoors. These are the qualities that made these men assume that Ahmaud was a dangerous criminal and chase him with guns drawn. To me, those qualities reflected a young man full of life and energy. The loss of Ahmaud has devastated me and my family. So I’m asking that the men that killed him be given the maximum sentence available to the court. Not only did they lynch my son in broad daylight, but they killed him while he was doing what he loved — than anything: running. We love our son, and we will never have him with us to celebrate anything: Thanksgiving, Christmas or his birthday. His killers should spend the rest of their lives thinking about what they did and what they took from us, and they should do it from behind bars.

Ahmaud Arbery’s Family Shares Their Grief at His Killers’ Sentencing

By The Associated Press January 7, 2022

The family of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man who was chased and murdered by three white men while jogging in a Georgia neighborhood, called for the men convicted of killing him to receive the maximum possible sentences.