‘Justice for Ahmaud:’ Hundreds march through Brunswick with Arbery family

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — About 1,000 pastors from across the country gathered in Brunswick, Georgia Thursday to pray for Ahmaud Arbery’s family.

It comes after defense attorney Kevin Gough called for all Black pastors to be removed from the courtroom.

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Rev. Al Sharpton led a prayer vigil just outside the courthouse with several well-known pastors in attendance.

”He didn’t want many Black pastors coming. He meant it for bad. God for meant it for good,” they said.

After the vigil, organized by the National Action Network, hundreds continued on a march to a mural created in Arbery’s memory located just a few block from the Glynn County Courthouse.

”These people love us,” said Diane Jackson, Arbery’s aunt. “They’re trying to show that Ahmaud was killed wrong. And we know it was wrong how he was murdered. (His) brother and sister can’t see their brother no more. My brother can’t see his child no more. Let’s get our mind off this negative stuff and focus on how Quez lost his life.”

Family sometimes referred to Arbery as “Quez” or “Maud.”

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The march continued from the mural down Albany Street where Rev. Jesse Jackson joined the demonstration.

Race has become the focus of the case, drawing civil rights activists from across the country. Shenita Binns sits outside the courthouse every day in support of the Arbery family.

“I have to do something for the generations to come,” she said. “I will continue to come out here, stand in solidarity and fight for change.”

Watch Action News Jax at 11 on CBS47 for the latest coverage of the march and trial.