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Ahmaud Arbery, 25, was out for a jog in Brunswick, Ga., when two men allegedly ambushed him in a pickup truck and shot him dead on Feb. 23.
The white father and son, identified as Gregory and Travis McMichael, told police they thought Arbery was a burglary suspect, so they grabbed their guns and ventured out to confront him.
They were never arrested or charged.
Newly released video has sparked fury over the brazen killing and renewed the outcry over racial injustice in the United States. Lawyers for Arbery’s family say the video shows his targeted murder.
Celebrities, athletes, politicians, activists and many everyday people have joined the call demanding “Justice for Ahmaud” and urging prison time for the white father-and-son duo thought to have committed the killing.
“We’re literally hunted EVERYDAY/EVERYTIME we step foot outside the comfort of our homes!” NBA star LeBron James tweeted on Wednesday. “Can’t even go for a damn jog, man!”
“The video is clear: Ahmaud Arbery was killed in cold blood,” former vice-president Joe Biden, the Democrats’ presumptive nominee for president, wrote on Twitter. “It is time for a swift, full, and transparent investigation into his murder.”
“The lack of an immediate response to the modern day lynching of Ahmaud Arbery is an injustice for all Black people,” Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., tweeted in response to the video.
Arbery’s family has been growing increasingly frustrated with the case over the last two months after no arrests were made in connection with his killing.
The case has been thrust into the national spotlight in the U.S. after activist Shaun King released video of the brazen attack on Twitter. King told the Guardian that the video was provided by an anonymous witness.