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Ahmaud Arbery’s mother hopes guilty verdict sends a message of responsibility


EXCLUSIVE: It’s the second Thanksgiving she’s spending without her son, but Wanda Cooper-Jones says she’s still grateful.

She says her son, Ahmaud Arbery, 25, “smiles, looking down, he continues to rest in peace.”

In an exclusive one-on-one interview with Fox News, Cooper-Jones is relieved to finally have justice for Arbery’s death after being shot and killed almost 2 years ago on February 23, 2020. ” I made it this far through prayer, “she said.

Cooper-Jones took a trip on Thanksgiving Day to a mural that honors Arbery’s life in Brunswick, Georgia. She says family members were coming from out of town and wanted to see the colorful mural that sits on the side of a building that will soon open as a new African-American cultural center. from the city.

Cooper-Jones says his son’s legacy is already making a difference in the world and hopes he will continue to do so. She said, “Ahmaud has already passed the Hate Crimes Law here in Georgia, as well as the Citizen Arrest Law being repealed.”

MEN FOUND GUILTY FOR ARBERY’S MURDER WILL BE IN FEDERAL COURT ON HATE CRIME CHARGES

Now that three white men have been convicted of murder in the death of his son, Cooper-Jones says, “I think Ahmaud deserves the last word. Ahmaud was actually hunted down like an animal and I think the last word is very worthy of him. I mean, he deserves it. It’s the least we can do for him. “

Under Georgian law, Travis McMichael and his father Greg McMichael, as well as William “Roddie” Bryan, all face a minimum life sentence with Wednesday’s conviction. The judge will decide at a sentencing hearing whether it will be with or without the possibility of parole.

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Defense attorneys plan to appeal after the conviction, but Cooper-Jones says she’s ready. But she tells Fox News that she is also ready for the same 3 men to face federal hate crime charges when jury selection begins in February.

“I hope the guilty verdict on the 3 defendants sends a message of responsibility,” says Cooper-Jones.

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