Beyoncé is the latest celebrity to add her voice to the growing chorus of celebrities paying tribute to Ahmaud Arbery, the 25-year-old Black man who was killed while jogging in an Atlanta neighborhood in February.
On Friday (May 8), the “Everything Is Love” songstress posted a message on her site to express her condolences and pay her respects. In the post, Bey shared a portrait of Arbery in a black tuxedo suit, beaming with a bright smile on his face. “Rest in peace Ahmaud Arbery,” the post read.
A swell of public outrage over his death has continued to sweep across the nation after footage surfaced earlier in the week of Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis McMichael, 34, chasing down Arbery in a pickup truck. Arbery can be seen in a physical struggle with the elder McMichael, who is armed, before the young McMichael opens fire. Shots can be heard, and Arbery appears to try to run away before he falls to the ground.
Cries for justice have rang across social media. Lebron James, T.I., Jeezy, Diddy, Snoop Dogg and many others from the hip-hop community have demanded accountability for yet another racially-motivated killing of an unarmed Black man.
Following the public outcry, the McMichaels were arrested for murder and aggravated assault Thursday evening (May 7). Prior to this, neither man had been taken into police custody or faced with charges.
See Beyoncé’s tribute below:
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