Marcus Arbery, Ahmaud Arbery’s father, issued a victim impact statement before the sentencing of the three men who were convicted of murdering his son.
“Do you know something that isn’t right for me right now? The man who killed my son has sat in this courtroom every day next to his father. I will never have that chance again to. sit next to my son – not at the table, not on vacation and not at a wedding, “he said in the courtroom on Friday.
He spoke of the trauma of having experienced the death of his 25-year-old son.
“I pray that no one in this courtroom ever has to do what we did – bury their child. There are no words for it, because no one experiences so much pain,” said Arbery.
“When I close my eyes I see his execution in my head over and over again. I will see him for the rest of my life,” he said.
Speaking of sentenced Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan Jr., he said:
“Not only did they lynch my son in broad daylight, but they killed him while he was doing what he loved more than anything: running. That’s when he felt the more alive, more free. And they took it all from him. “
He added that men should spend the rest of their lives behind bars thinking about their actions, “because I and my family have to live with his death for the rest of our lives. We will never see Ahmaud again.” So I think they should stay behind for the rest of their lives, because they didn’t give him a chance. “