Supporters of Ahmaud Arbery cheered and cried outside a Georgia court after the three people who chased him down and shot him last year convicted of murder.
The emotional scene saw crowds of people hugging each other and raising their arms in the air after prosecutors won a conviction at the trial of the trio of killers. Other people were seen wiping away tears.
Among those in the crowd was Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, who stood with Pastor Al Sharpton and said her son “will now rest in peace” after the verdict was read.
“I never saw this date in 2020. I never thought this day would come. But God is good. “Thank you all,” Cooper-Jones said outside the Glynn County Courthouse.
The trio of murderers, Greg McMichael, his son Travis McMichael and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan risk all life imprisonment after being convicted of murder and other charges for the murder at Arbery in February 2020.
They all risk life imprisonment. A judge will decide if their sentence comes with the possibility of parole.
Travis McMichael shot Arbery dead on February 23, 2020, after he, his father and Bryan chased him in their cars near Brunswick, Ga.
Arbery, 25, a former high school football player, had been jogging in the neighborhood when the trio saw him and began chasing him.
They claimed to believe that Arbery looked like someone suspected of burglary in the neighborhood, but police have said no burglaries have been reported.
Arbery was unarmed when he was murdered.