One year since verdict in Ahmaud Arbery's death


BRUNSWICK, Ga. — On Nov. 24, 2021, the world stopped, watched and listened for a just few minutes in front of the Glynn County courthouse.

Dozens of people huddled up and listened to the verdict for the three men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery. Every time they heard ‘guilty’, people cheered, cried and hugged each other. 

The following day was the first Thanksgiving after Arbery’s killers,Travis McMichael, Greg McMichael and William ‘Roddie’ Bryan, were found guilty for their roles in the 25-year-old’s death. All three are serving life sentences in prison. Thea Brooks, one of Arbery’s aunts, constantly asks herself ‘what if?’. 

“What would’ve been different about this Thanksgiving if Ahmaud was here? What joke would he have told? How many ‘I love yous’ would he have given out? Would he be close to getting married? Would he be engaged?” Brooks asked aloud. 

Brooks said her life after the convictions were spent healing and learning to cope. She said she’s still processing because “healing doesn’t have a deadline.” Brooks expressed how her emotions were “all over the place.” 

“It’s like a two-year cycle,” Brooks explained. “Two years ago, Ahmaud was gone. Since the two years my mom is gone. So, it’s been rough.” 

Despite her losses, Brooks said she still has much to be thankful for – including her nephew’s life and how his death was a catalyst for change in Brunswick and beyond. 

Arbery’s aunt said she started a non-profit organization to assist families who have experienced an injustice. Brooks said Ahmaud put her in a different light in her life. Her nephew’s life lives on through her service. 

“I never saw myself here,” Brooks said. “But you never know who are you until things start happening around you.” 

You May Also Like
Free speech groups renew calls for DCPS to make ‘Essential Voices’ books available for students

Free speech groups renew calls for DCPS to make ‘Essential Voices’ books available for students

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Duval County Public Schools calls it a “review” for…
TIME 2022 person of the Year revealed as Volodymyr Zelensky

TIME 2022 person of the Year revealed as Volodymyr Zelensky

The Ukrainian President has led the nation to victory after victory since…
CDC Director Walensky Tests Positive for COVID Again – RedState

PALATE CLEANSER: Please Enjoy Sen. Burr's Response to CDC Director Walensky's Concern Next Agency Head Be Senate Confirmed

In trying to find something uplifting to share in this space —…
12/7: Red and Blue - CBS News

12/7: Red and Blue – CBS News

12/7: Red and Blue – CBS News Watch CBS News How Georgia…
Biden Suggests Republicans Are On The Side Of Evil – RedState

We Found the Real Dog-Faced Pony Soldier (and I Wish We Hadn't)

I’m sure that we all remember that glorious moment when our fearless…
Off-duty cop caught urinating in ice machine in Florida

Off-duty cop caught urinating in ice machine in Florida

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — An off-duty Chicago police officer vacationing in…
Olive Garden parts ways with manager over time off rules

Olive Garden parts ways with manager over time off rules

JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan. (WFLA) – A Kansas restaurant is parting ways with…
CBS Evening News, December 7, 2022

CBS Evening News, December 7, 2022

CBS Evening News, December 7, 2022 – CBS News Watch CBS News…