Marcus Arbery Sr., the father of Ahmaud Arbery, celebrated the guilty verdicts outside the courthouse, saying “we conquered that lynch mob.”
Arbery said he saw the guilty verdicts as a victory for his son — and also for justice everywhere.
“For real, all lives matter,” he said. “Not just Black children. We don’t want to see nobody go through this. I wouldn’t want to see no daddy watch their kid get lynched and shot down like that.”
“It’s all our problem,” he continued. “So hey, let’s keep fighting. Let’s keep doing and making this a better place for all human beings.”
Earlier in the day Judge Timothy Walmsley asked Arbery to leave the courtroom after he reacted to the guilty verdict of Travis McMichael – the man who shot his son.
Arbery exclaimed, “Woohoo!” after the first guilty verdict was read.
“I ask that whoever just made an outburst be removed from the court, please,” said Walmsley.
Concluding his remarks outside the courthouse today, Arbery appealed to love, saying all humans should be treated the same.
“Love everybody,” he concluded. “All human beings need to be treated equally. We’re going to conquer this lynching. Today is a good day.”