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Family of black jogger, 25, shot and killed by two white men demand justice 

Ahmaud Arbery was shot dead in the Satilla Shores neighborhood in Brunswick, Georgia, just after 1pm on February 23

The family of an unarmed black man who was gunned down by two white men in Georgia have described his death as a ‘lynching’.  

Ahmaud Arbery, 25, was killed Febuary 23 after he became embroiled in an altercation with  Gregory and Trevor McMichael while he was out jogging in the city of Brunswick. 

The McMichaels – who are father and son – allegedly followed Abery in their pick-up truck, believing that he was a suspect in two recent burglaries that occurred in the area. 

Shocking video footage released Tuesday shows the men shooting at Abery as it appears he tries to flee from them. Neither of the McMichaels have been arrested or charged over the incident. 

Speaking on Wednesday, Abery’s family attorney Lee Merritt stated during a press conference: ‘These men were not performing any police function or any duty as citizens of Georgia.., these men were vigilantes, they were performing a lynching in the middle of the day. ‘

The press conference, which was streamed on First Coast News, also featured an interview with Arbery’s mother, Wanda Jones, who says she has not seen the video footage of her son’s death. 

Abery's family attorney Lee Merritt stated during a press conference: 'These men were not performing any police function or any duty as citizens of Georgia.., these men were vigilantes, they were performing a lynching in the middle of the day'

Abery’s family attorney Lee Merritt stated during a press conference: ‘These men were not performing any police function or any duty as citizens of Georgia.., these men were vigilantes, they were performing a lynching in the middle of the day’

The press conference, which was streamed on First Coast News, also featured an interview with Arbery's mother, Wanda Jones, who says she has not seen the video footage of her son's death

The press conference, which was streamed on First Coast News, also featured an interview with Arbery’s mother, Wanda Jones, who says she has not seen the video footage of her son’s death

‘I saw my son come into the world,’ Jones said. ‘And seeing him leave the world, it´s not something that I´ll want to see ever.’ 

She added: ‘He was my baby boy that I had on Mother’s Day of 1994. He was his sister and brother’s keeper… his spirit was good. He was a yes ma’am and no ma’am type of fellow.’ 

Meanwhile, Arbery’s father, Marcus, stated: ‘It was a hate crime,’ said father Marcus Arbery. ‘My young son wasn’t doing nothing — minding his own business, running and working out. And that’s a crime? To work out and run and he ain’t breaking no law? No. Time out’.

Video showing the shocking shooting has been shared widely seen it was released Tuesday.  

Gregory and Trevor McMichael allegedly trailed Arbery in their pick-up truck, believing that he was a suspect in two recent burglaries that occurred in the area. They became involved in an altercation, and Arbery was shot and killed

Gregory and Trevor McMichael allegedly trailed Arbery in their pick-up truck, believing that he was a suspect in two recent burglaries that occurred in the area. They became involved in an altercation, and Arbery was shot and killed 

In the footage, a shot can be heard and the two can then be seen scuffling as Arbery looks to try to get the gun away from Travis

Two more shots can be heard and are fired at point-blank range before

In the footage,  shot can be heard and the two can then be seen scuffling as Arbery looks to try to get the gun away from Travis. Two more shots can be heard and are fired at point-blank range before

Arbery can be seen stumbling to the ground as the clip comes to a close. 'This is murder,' Arbery's family lawyer, Lee Merritt said

Arbery can be seen stumbling to the ground as the clip comes to a close. ‘This is murder,’ Arbery’s family lawyer, Lee Merritt said

It captured the attention of the presumptive Democratic nominee for President, Joe Bide, who sent out a tweet describing Arbery’s death as ‘murder’. 

‘The video is clear: Ahmaud Arbery was killed in cold blood,’ Biden tweeted late Tuesday along with a link to a Georgia district attorney recommendation that a grand jury hear the case.

‘My heart goes out to his family, who deserve justice and deserve it now,’ the presumed Democratic nominee continued in his Twitter post. ‘It is time for a swift, full, and transparent investigation into his murder.’ 

Celebrities including LeBron James, Justin Bieber and Kendall Jenner have also tweeted about the case.  

 

Upset: Kendall Jenner indicated she was heartbroken by the term of events

Upset: Kendall Jenner indicated she was heartbroken by the term of events 

Tom Durden, a Georgia prosecutor assigned to examine the case, declined to comment Tuesday when the prosecutor was asked if he could verify that the video showed the shooting of Arbery.

Durden announced on Tuesday he plans to have a grand jury hear the evidence in the shooting.  

The grand jury won’t happen for more than a month, as Georgia courts remain largely closed because of the coronavirus until at least June 13.

‘I am of the opinion that the case should be presented to the grand jury of Glynn County for consideration of criminal charges against those involved in the death of Mr. Arbery,’ Durden said in a statement Tuesday.

Reached by phone, Durden said no arrests have been made in connection with the shooting. He declined to say what charges he would have a grand jury consider or to comment further. 

Arbery is pictured

Arbery is pictured with his mom , Wanda Jones

‘He was my baby boy that I had on Mother’s Day of 1994. He was his sister and brother’s keeper… his spirit was good. He was a yes ma’am and no ma’am type of fellow’: Arbery is pictured at right with his mom Wanda Jones  

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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