*Supporters of Ahmaud Arbery plan to honor him with a multi-mile run to raise awareness surrounding his fatal shooting.
We previously reported… Arbery is the 25-year-old Georgia man who was gunned down earlier this year by two suspected white supremacists near his hometown in Brunswick, Ga. He was unarmed when he was fatally shot in the Satilla Shores neighborhood in Brunswick, Georgia, on February 23.
According to Glynn County Police, Travis McMichael, 34, and his father, Gregory, 64, a retired cop, had seen Arbery running in the area and decided to arm themselves, chase him down in a pickup truck and kill him.
According to The Brunswick News, Travis and Gregory followed Ahmaud and demanded that he stop and talk to them, believing him to be a burglary suspect. At some point, they got out of their truck, confronted the man and after a struggle over the shotgun with Travis, Arbery was shot at least twice and killed.
Now, many have united behind the #IRunWithAhmaud hashtag in advance of a planned run of 2.23 miles on Friday, May 8, per Complex.
“This Friday is Ahmaud’s birthday,” reads a flyer that’s been widely shared. “Please post a message, video, or dedication with the hashtag.”
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Meanwhile, the mother of Ahmaud Arbery says she’s been unable to watch the video of the confrontation that led to her son’s shooting death.
Over the weekend Wanda Cooper spoke with CNN, addressing the recently surfaced social media footage that shows the slaying of her son.
“I saw my son come in the world and seeing him leave the world, it’s not something that I want to see ever,” she said.
Protesters marched at the Georgia State Capitol calling for justice in the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery. Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, was taking a jog when he was shot and killed by two white men who allegedly mistook him for a burglary suspect. pic.twitter.com/8k75mV2dBT
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No one has been charged or arrested in connection with the killing because Brunswick prosecutor George E. Barnhill said Gregory and Travis acted within the state’s citizen’s arrest law and Travis acted out of self-defense.
Barnhill also claims there is video of Arbery “burglarizing a home immediately preceding the chase and confrontation,” according to The Times.
Activists say even if Arbery was up to no good, that did not give the father and son the right to hunt him down and kill him.
Barnhill has recused himself from the case.
Arbery’s family attorney Lee Merritt wants the Georgia D.A. to skip a grand jury review, and arrest Greg and Travis immediately, TMZ reports.
Merritt told the outlet that the murderers are still free because of corruption in the Glynn County D.A.’s office.