‘He was a loveable young man’: Family members remember Ahmaud Arbery ahead of trial

GLYNN COUNTY, Fla. — “Justice for Ahmaud Arbery” chants filled the streets of Brunswick just one day before the murder trial. The Arbery family was surrounded by community members and people from across the country as they marched together Sunday afternoon.

Ahmaud Arbery was shot and killed on Feb. 23, 2020 while jogging in the Satilla Shores neighborhood. It’s the day that his father Marcus says continues to tear his family apart.

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“We don’t want... half-justice, because you all didn’t give my boy a chance,” he said. “We don’t want half-justice because I’ll tell you something, Ahmaud isn’t coming back.”

Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael and Willian “Roddie” Bryan are the three men accused of chasing and killing Arbery; they go on trial for murder starting Monday.

A mural of Ahmaud is on the side of a Brunswick building where the march came to an end. As trial begins, Arbery’s family tells Action News Jax that having to relive the last year-and-a-half will be tough, but they say as long as they have each other, they’ll be OK.

“It’s going to be a lot of hurt, but I ask God when they get ready to start showing us stuff we didn’t know about and just learned about, that he gives us the strength to be strong, and deal with everything we have to go through,” Arbery’s aunt Diane Jackson said.

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As for Marcus Arbery, he says there will never be another Ahmaud.

“I just want all the people to know he was a loveable young man. If he had a dollar in his pocket and you needed a dollar, he would’ve given it to you. I just want him to be remembered for the man he was, the young man he was,” Arbery said. “With a whole life ahead of him, and they stole that from him. Stole that from him like they go hunt an animal down. This was a human being, he wasn’t no animal.”

Jury selection for the trial begins Monday. Over 1,000 Georgia residents were summoned as potential jurors, but only 12 will be picked.