Ahmaud Arbery's Mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, Reflects on His Death a Year Later

"It replays in my mind each and every day," she said of Arbery, who was shot and killed last year after white neighbors chased him down during a jog.

washington, dc   june 16 wanda cooper jones, mother of ahmaud arbery, speaks to reporters outside of sen tim scotts r sc office in the hart senate office building on june 16, 2020 in washington, dc cooper jones, along with other family members whove had loved ones die in encounters with police, met with president trump earlier in the day on tuesday and later met with sen scott about police brutality and desired reforms photo by drew angerergetty images
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A year after he was murdered, Ahmaud Arbery's mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, continues to speak out.

Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, was killed last February when a pair of white men chased him down and shot him as he jogged near his home in Satilla Shores, Georgia. The killers, former police officer Gregory McMichael and his son Travis McMichael, wrongly accused Arbery as the culprit behind recent break-ins in the neighborhood. The McMichaels and William Bryan, the man who filmed the shooting, were arrested and charged with murder weeks after Arbery's death. Per NBC Nightly News, no trial date for the McMichaels or Bryan has been set.

"I cannot [move on,]" Cooper-Jones told reporter Blayne Alexander. "I try, but when I laid Ahmaud to rest last February, a part of me left also. It's painful."

In the months after Arbery's death, new evidence emerged from the body cameras of police officers who arrived on the scene. "He was still lying there awake. Alive. Moving his head and his leg," Cooper-Jones said. "It replays in my mind each and every day."

Despite the loss of her son, Cooper-Jones told NBC that she's looking ahead.

"I'm hoping. I pray," she said. "Because I have another son, I have grandsons. I pray, I pray."

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Arbery's death, which occurred months before police officers pinned down and killed George Floyd in Minneapolis, gained national prominence as politicians, activists, celebrities, athletes, and the general public demanded justice in his name.

At the time of his death, Cooper-Jones told reporters that Arbery was pursuing a career as an electrician.

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