Ga. officials react to verdict in Arbery killing

25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery was killed as he was running in a Georgia neighborhood.
25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery was killed as he was running in a Georgia neighborhood.(Source: Family photos, CNN, WJXT)
Published: Nov. 24, 2021 at 3:09 PM EST
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ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - Officials across the Peach State are reacting to the recent verdict of the three men charged in connection to the death of Ahmaud Arbery.

Gov. Brian Kemp said Arbey was a victim of “vigilantism that has no place in Georgia.”

Attorney General Chris Carr said the verdict “brings us one step closer to justice, healing and reconciliation for Ahmaud’s family, the community, the state and the nation.”

Georgia U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock said he was grateful to the jury for their service and for a “verdict that says Ahmaud Arbery’s life mattered.”

Georgia U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff also released a statement.

“Ahmaud Arbery was a young man whose life was stolen from him, from his family, from the many who knew and loved him, and from the countless lives he would have touched in decades to come,” Ossoff said. ”Ahmaud Arbery’s murderers will be held accountable, but a historic civil rights mobilization was necessary for the killers to face prosecution at all. There was nearly impunity for this murder, and further investigation is necessary to determine how and why officials initially refused to pursue the case.”

Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia’s 4th District said he’s praying for comfort for Arbery’s family and friends.

“This verdict speaks also, to the direction where Georgia is headed,” Johnson said. “Forward, not back.”

Rep. Buddy Carter of Georgia’s 1st Congressional District said justice was served on Wednesday.

Others in Southwest Georgia have also reacted to the verdict.

“I traveled to Brunswick on Thursday, and to hear the news today is surreal. While I agree with today’s verdict, no happiness comes from a case this tragic. True, restorative justice won’t come until we create a more just world where Ahmaud’s mother doesn’t have to push so hard just to have her son’s killers arrested. True justice comes by electing officials that will abolish the antiquated laws from the days of slavery that embolden white supremacists,” said Rev. Joshua Nelson with Emanuel Seventh Day Adventist.

Valdosta State University President Dr. Richard Carvajal said Arbery’s death resonated with many.

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