Months after 25-year-old former high school football standout Ahmaud Arbery was reportedly shot dead while jogging near his home, a white father and son accused of taking his life have been arrested.
“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 Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a statement Thursday.
Arbery who loved to run to keep himself fit, was reportedly jogging around the outskirts of the small coastal city of Brunswick, Georgia, where he lived, 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 his son, Travis. They grabbed their weapons, a .357 magnum revolver and a shotgun, jumped into a truck and began following Arbery 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.
Below are the reactions of a number of prominent pastors on the shooting:
JD Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in Durham, North Carolina and president of the Southern Baptist Convention
Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, which is the public-policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention
Jentezen Franklin, senior pastor of Free Chapel in Gainesville, Georgia