The run will take place on Friday (May 8) — what would have been Ahmaud’s 26th birthday.
In a report from CBS News, the hashtag #IRunWithMaud began trending on Wednesday as people shared their plans to participate in the run for Arbery. Those participating are encouraged to run, walk and/or jog 2.23 miles (the distance signifies the date he was killed, February 23), as well as post a message, video or dedication using the hashtag. The run will take place on Friday (May 8) — what would have been Ahmaud’s 26th birthday.
— R D B (@UniqueBro) May 6, 2020
On February 23, Arbery was shot dead in Brunswick, Georgia. Arbery — who was a former high school athlete — was jogging in a neighborhood not far from his home at the time.
Gregory McMichael — a resident of the neighborhood — told officers that he thought Arbery resembled a man suspected in a string of break-ins in the neighborhood. McMichael saw Arbery “hauling ass” and called his son Travis to attempt to stop and question him. According to the police report, the younger McMichael brought his shotgun with him. The elder brought a handgun.
The two jumped in their truck, following Arbery to an intersection. Travis got out the truck, shotgun in hand. At that point, Arbery attempted to elude the McMichaels. He failed to escape and engaged in a scuffle with Travis. Arbery was shot three times and died at the scene.
On Tuesday (May 5), Georgia district attorney Tom Durden announced that he expects to present the case of Arbery’s death to the next available grand jury. At the moment, courts are prohibited from assembling grand juries until at least June 13 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: CBS News