EXCLUSIVE: It’s the second Thanksgiving she’s spent with out her son, however Wanda Cooper-Jones says she continues to be grateful.

She says her son, 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery, is “smiling, looking down he continues to rest in peace.”

In an unique one-on-one interview with Fox News, Cooper-Jones is relieved to lastly have justice for Arbery’s demise after he was shot and killed practically 2 years in the past on Feb. 23, 2020. “I made it this far through prayer,” she says.

Cooper-Jones made a visit on Thanksgiving Day to a mural that honors Arbery’s life in Brunswick, Georgia. She says relations had been visiting from out of city and so they wished to see the colourful mural that sits on the facet of a constructing that will quickly open as the brand new African-American Cultural Center within the metropolis.

Cooper-Jones says her son’s legacy is already bringing change to the world and hopes it will proceed to take action. She says, “Ahmaud has already brought about the hate crime law here in Georgia, and also the citizen’s arrest law being repealed.”


Now that three White males have been convicted of felony homicide within the demise of her son, Cooper-Jones says, “I think that Ahmaud deserves the last word. Ahmaud was actually hunted down like an animal and I think the last word is very much deserving to him. I mean, he deserves that. That’s the least we can do for him.”

Under Georgia regulation, Travis McMichael and father Greg McMichael, in addition to William “Roddie” Bryan, all face a minimal life sentence in jail with Wednesday’s conviction. The decide will determine at a sentencing listening to whether or not that will be with or with out the likelihood of parole.

Defense attorneys plan to file an attraction after the sentencing, however Cooper-Jones says she is prepared. But she tells Fox News she can be prepared for a similar 3 males to face federal hate crime expenses when jury choice begins in February.

“I’m hoping that the verdict of guilty on all 3 defendants sends out a message of accountability,” explains Cooper-Jones.