Photo via News4JAX.

After the cold-blooded murder of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery had been made public, a makeshift memorial appeared on the street where he was killed. On May 13th a note was captured by a News4JAX station, laying among the flowers and other letters, and its contents are mysterious and haunting.

“Ahmaud, I am so sorry. I should have stopped them. I am so sorry,” reads the message written in blue ink on what looks like a simple white sheet of paper. It is not signed. 

It is unknown who left the note there, or what the context exactly is, reports TMZ. However, it is possible that an anonymous letter comes from the guilty consciousness of someone who witnessed Ahmaud’s murder or knew about the plans of his killers but didn’t interfere.

Ahmaud Arbery was killed last February during his afternoon jog by Travis McMichael who was accompanied but his father Gregory, a former police officer. The McMichaels, who are white, claimed that they suspected Arbery to be a black man involved in the series of break-ins in their Satilla Shores community, Georgia. They tried to perform what they called “a citizens arrest”, which ended up with Travis fatally shooting Ahmaud. 

No arrests were made until May after footage of the murder was leaked online. An autopsy showed that Arbrey died from two gaping shotgun wounds on the chest. 

The shooting of Ahmaud Arbrey is widely believed to be a case of racial profiling. So it is also possible that whoever left the apology note on his memorial did not witness the murder itself, but rather felt responsible for the ongoing prejudice against black people in America. 

Arbrey’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, recently came forward demanding “the ultimate justice” in the form of the death penalty for both McMichaels, who are now facing murder and aggravated assault charges.

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