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Social Media Posts and Texts Show Trove of Racist Messages by Ahmaud Arbery’s Murderers

HeadlineFeb 17, 2022

In Georgia, an FBI agent testified Wednesday that the three white men convicted of chasing down and murdering Black jogger Ahmaud Arbery shared dozens of deeply racist social media posts and messages ahead of the attack. Travis McMichael, who fired the three shots that killed Arbery in February 2020, wrote about killing Black people and used racial slurs repeatedly, saying he loved his job because “zero n——rs work with me.” Another of Arbery’s killers, William “Roddie” Bryan, used the N-word to refer to his daughter’s Black boyfriend. The men face federal hate crimes charges after a judge rejected a plea deal between federal prosecutors and two of Arbery’s killers that would have allowed them to serve much of their life sentences in a federal prison instead of a state prison.

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