President Donald Trump has offered condolences to the family of slain black jogger Ahmaud Arbery after the arrest of a white father and son accused of taking his life in Georgia.
“It’s a very sad thing,” Trump said in the Oval Office according to the Associated Press, “but I will be given a full report this evening.”
Republican Gov. Brian Kemp also reacted to the Arbery’s killing which was captured on video.
“Earlier this week, I watched the video depicting Mr. Arbery’s last moments alive,” Kemp told a news conference in Atlanta. “I can tell you it’s absolutely horrific, and Georgians deserve answers.”
After public outcry, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced Thursday that they had arrested Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis McMichael, 34, for the murder of the 25-year-old former high school football standout who was reportedly shot dead while jogging near his home in the coastal city of Brunswick, Georgia.
“On May 7th, 2020, the GBI arrested Gregory McMichael, age 64, and Travis McMichael, age 34, for the death of Ahmaud Arbery. They were both charged with murder and aggravated assault. The McMichaels were taken into custody and will be booked into the Glynn County Jail,” the GBI said.
Arbery who loved to run to keep himself fit, was reportedly jogging around the outskirts of Brunswick, when he was shot dead during an encounter with the duo who took him for a burglar on Feb. 23.
On seeing Arbery, according to a police report of the incident, Gregory McMichael, 64, called out to Travis. They then grabbed their weapons, a .357 magnum revolver and a shotgun, jumped into a truck and began following him The New York Times said.
“Stop, stop, we want to talk to you,” they said.
During the encounter, Travis McMichael shot and killed Arbery, the GBI said.
The shooting which was caught on video sparked massive outcry and condemnation.
Wanda Cooper, Arbery’s mother told ABC News’ “Good Morning America” that she hasn’t watched the video of her son’s killing and doesn’t plan on viewing it.
“I don’t think I’ll ever be in a mental state where I can actually watch the video. I had others that watched it shared what they saw and that was just enough,” she said.