Senator Ed Markey Honors Life of Slain Ahmaud Arbery with Virtual Walk, Calls for Criminal Justice Reform
Friday, May 8, 2020
BOSTON— Senator Ed Markey and community leaders today participated in the nationwide #IRunwithAhmaud 2.23 mile virtual run/walk in memory of Ahmaud Arbery, the 25-year-old unarmed black man who was shot and killed on February 23, 2020 while jogging in Brunswick, Georgia. Markey was joined by Suffolk County District Attorney Rachel Rollins, Boston City Councilor Ricardo Arroyo, and Reverend Willie Bodrick, II, the Associate Pastor at the Historic Twelfth Baptist Church.
“We are going to continue to shine a spotlight on this until justice is done,” said Ed Markey. “And the way we are going to do it is to continue to amplify the reality that black voices matter. That we are going to ensure that we hear the plight, the pain of this family, and understand that it is a pain felt by hundreds of thousands, and millions of other families across the country right now as we march and as we walk. And we will not forget. We will stand up. We will fight on the floor of the United States Senate to pass the laws that ensure that we provide justice for everyone in our society.”
People across the country commemorated the life of Arbery by running or walking 2.23 miles and connecting virtually online, to highlight the date he was killed. The release of video footage of the two suspects shooting Arbery has sparked a national movement for justice and has highlighted the unjust investigation into Mr. Arbery’s death and racial disparities within the criminal justice system. Following a public outcry, Gregory McMichael and his son Travis McMichael were arrested yesterday and charged with murder.
Liz Vlock, Press Secretary