’s family praised a jury’s decision to in the 25-year-old’s killing, saying the justice system had prevailed after a “hard fight” and last year’s summer of racial justice protests.

“It’s been a long fight, it’s been a hard fight, but God is good,” Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, told reporters shortly after the verdict Wednesday. “Early in, to tell you the truth, I never saw this day back in 2020. I never thought this day would come.”


“I just want to tell everybody thank you,” she added. “Thank you for those who marched, those who prayed.”

Arbery’s father said the verdict made it a “good day,” adding that society needed to band together to “conquer” racially motivated hate crimes.

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