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Crowds gather outside courthouse to support Arbery family

Published: Nov. 18, 2021 at 10:29 AM EST
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BRUNSWICK. Ga. (WTOC) - There was a huge crowd outside the courthouse Thursday as the trial of three men charged with murdering Ahmaud Arbery continued.

Some said they were there to make sure the family feels supported. Some came out to pray and others want accountability. But the main message people are trying to send are from Black pastors.

The Rev. Al Sharpton says he will be with the family all the way to the end regardless of the defense’s attempts to shut out Black pastors from the courtroom.

“I didn’t come in the courtroom to protest I came to pray. That they would have the strength to stand up. Now I do protest, but I came as a minister. And this man, the next day defiled me for coming,” Rev. Sharpton said.

Sharpton says you can’t imagine the pain of a mother sitting in court having to stare at the men charged with killing her son. That’s why many of these people out here showed up to call for justice and let the defense know they can come together in support of the family. I’ve talked to students, pastors and people who traveled hours just to be here for what they say is “history in the making.”

Arbery’s mother shared her reaction to Thursday’s events.

“I’m grateful. My family and I are very grateful that these pastors are coming in to lend support, because support is what we need,” Wanda Cooper-Jones said.

“We gon keep praying because we know it’s a God and he’s good. Look how God brought all these people together. That’s why justice will roll down out the mountain. Justice will roll down. Ahmaud will get justice,” said Ahmaud’s father, Marcus Arbery Sr. “To all the pastors who traveled near and far just to be with us in this very difficult, difficult time, God is good,” Wanda Cooper-Jones said.

The crowds remained after court wrapped up. Arbery’s mother says her heart is full of joy at the support even though it’s broken from the loss of her son.

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