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LeBron James has lent his voice to the call for justice for Ahmaud Arbery, an African-American man apparently pursued and fatally shot in Georgia while he was out jogging.
Arbery, 25, was out for a run on Feb. 23 when he was followed by two men in a pickup truck, both of whom were armed. Arbery and one of the men, later identified as 34-year-old Travis McMichael, struggled over a shotgun, and Arbery was fatally shot. The second man — Travis' father, 64-year-old Gregory McMichael — later told police that they chased down Arbery because they believed he was a suspect in a recent series of neighborhood burglaries. Neither of the McMichaels have been charged or even arrested.
As Arbery was black and the McMichaels are white, his death has reignited national conversation on racially charged killings and sparked outrage among numerous celebrities. The release of a graphic video showing Arbery being chased down and shot has sharpened those calls for justice.
Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, James, 35, posted a photo of Arbery and shared his disbelief at the circumstances of the young man's killing.
"We're literally hunted EVERYDAY/EVERYTIME we step foot outside the comfort of our homes! Can't even go for a damn jog man! Like WTF man are you kidding me?!?!?!?!?!?" his post reads. "No man fr ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!! I'm sorry Ahmaud (Rest In Paradise) and my prayers and blessings sent to the... heavens above to your family."
The photo of Arbery reads, "I was murdered by an armed father and son who hunted me down and shot me as I jogged in a Georgia neighborhood. Neither of my killers have been charged. My name is Amhaud Arbery."
Numerous prosecutors have recused themselves from the case, citing a potential conflict of interest; Gregory McMichaels is a former investigator for a local district attorney's office. However, District Attorney Thomas Durden, the latest prosecutor assigned to the case, said Tuesday that he intends to present the case to a grand jury at some point in the future, NBC News reports.
Further sparking outrage, Arbery's mother revealed on Wednesday that when she was informed of her son's death for the first time by a detective who claimed that he'd been involved in a burglary and it was a homeowner who shot him during a struggle, according to CBS News.
The McMichaels have declined to comment on the case when asked by numerous outlets.
James is among numerous celebrities and athletes who have taken to social media to speak out on the case. Singer Justin Bieber, Naomi Campbell, and actress Viola Davis have all used their platforms to call for justice for Arbery.
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