Arbery’s mother: “He will now rest in peace” after the verdict

After three men were convicted of murdering her son, Ahmaud Arbery’s mother said on Wednesday that she never thought she would see the day come.

“It’s been a long battle. It’s been a hard fight. But God is good,” Wanda Cooper-Jones told a crowd gathered outside the Glynn County courthouse. “If I am to tell the truth, I never saw this day in 2020. I never thought this day would come. But God is good.”

Greg McMichael, his son Travis McMichael and neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan were convicted of the February 2020 murder of the 25-year-old black man, who was hunted and shot dead as he ran through their coastal area of ​​Georgia in an attack that became part of the larger national perception of racial justice.

Cooper-Jones’ lawyer, Lee Merritt, praised his client’s steadfast fight for justice.

“Eighteen months ago, when she found out about the murder of her son, they told her she would just have to deal with it alone,” Merritt said. “They told her there would be no arrest, that there would be no responsibility, that there would be no justice. And she gave her son a promise before she put him on the ground, that his mother would fight for justice. for him. “

About the son she called Quez, Cooper-Jones said, “He will now rest in peace.”

When Travis McMichael was found guilty of murder, Arbery’s father, Marcus Arbery Sr., released a “smart grunt,” said his lawyer Ben Crump.

“He could not hold it back any longer because think of how long he and Wanda have endured all the insinuations, all the accusations, all the character murders,” Crump said.

Arbery’s parents fought for him and were “an example of how to deal with tragedy and grief,” Crump said, reminding the crowd that even as they celebrated the verdict, Arbery’s parents were devastated by his death.

“While this is not a celebration, it is a reflection to acknowledge that Ahmaud’s spirit defeated the lynch mob,” Crump said.

Marcus Arbery thanked God, his family and the family’s followers and said he did not want to see any other father have to live through what he lived through. But as he reflected on the verdict, he said, “Today is a good day.”

Reef. Al Sharpton spent time with Arbery’s parents in the courtroom. Following a protest over his presence from Bryan’s lawyer, he called black pastors to Brunswick last week for a meeting outside the courthouse last week.

After the verdict, he noted that “there will be an empty chair at Wanda’s table” on Thursday.

“Ahmaud will not be at Thanksgiving tomorrow, but she can look at that chair and say to Ahmaud, ‘I fought a good fight,'” Sharpton said, applauding both parents’ fight for his son. Thanksgiving, you can thank God who did not let your boy down. “

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