May 8 would’ve been Ahmaud Arbery’s 26th birthday, but unfortunately, his life was cut short at the hands of two white men. He never returned home from what would’ve been a normal jog. Oprah Winfrey reached out to Ahmaud Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, this past Friday (May 8) with a phone call and a gift on his birthday.
According to TMZ, the media mogul wished her late son a happy birthday and offered condolences for her son’s murder, saying that she hopes the family gets justice.
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Today would’ve been Ahmaud Arbery’s 26th birthday. But he’s not here to celebrate because he was senselessly shot and killed doing something to make his life healthier and stronger. He went out for a jog while being Black. I wonder what was he thinking in those last seconds of his life? Unimaginable to go for a run in 2020 and end up dead because of the color of your skin. I spoke with his mom Wanda yesterday who says she feels better now that the two men have finally been arrested. But they were only arrested because WE saw the video. Today people everywhere walked 2.23 miles in the name of Ahmaud and justice. We did 2.26 in honor of his 26th birthday 🙏🏽 #IRunWithMaud
Winfrey also sent his mother a gift, although she has yet to reveal the mystery package. Winfrey, along with everyday citizens and celebs, honored Arbery’s birthday with the best gift, a 2.23-mile walk/jog on his special day. The 2.23 alludes to the day of his death, February 23.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) identified and arrested the two men who shot Arbery, ten weeks after the fatal shooting, which took place in February.
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