Boston (November 24, 2021) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) released the following statement today after Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael, and William Bryan Jr. were found guilty of murder in the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery.


“Black lives matter. Ahmaud Arbery’s life mattered,” said Senator Markey. “Today, the three men who murdered Ahmaud Arbery were held to account for their racist crime. This verdict cannot bring Ahmaud back, and his death is a loss the Arbery family should never have had to experience. Our work to dismantle the systemic racism that serves as a death sentence for Black people across America must continue unabated. We must not stop until we find lasting justice for Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Laquan McDonald, Breonna Taylor, and so many more. Today is but one step in our long fight for true justice for every victim of racist violence in America.”