Satilla Shores, Georgia. – It’s been a year since the 25-year-old Amado Arbury was shot dead while running in the Satilla Shores district, just outside the Brunswick border on Tuesday, February 23. In the Arbury case, three men have been charged with murder. However, these arrests did not come until months after a cell phone video recorded by one of the defendants showed his death online.
On Tuesday, the general public will be invited to a commemorative walk and candlelight vigil at Satilla Shores.
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The roads of Satilla Shores are quiet in the morning when you can expect to meet your neighbors. The space where the small monument once stood is now empty. Jason Bourne, a high school football coach at Arbury, says the community still holds his memory.
“Women in the area said they walk their dogs every morning,” Bourne said. “When she walks the dog, she expects to see Mode come around the corner.”
Arbury’s death hit Bourne hard. He remembers Arbury as a driven linebacker when he played for him at Brunswick High School. But off the field, Arbury’s victorious smile and flare to break the joke is the most striking thing in his mind.
“He struggled with me and chose me a lot. It was a lot of fun to make me smile,” Bourne said. “It’s just part of me gone.”
The tragedy brought the community together. Bourne co-founded the Arbury Cousin 2:23 Foundation, a platform dedicated to addressing the issue of racial injustice. So people post online and share why they run.
“I love Mode as I love all footballers,” Bourne said. “As teachers and coaches, they get a piece of your mind. Armor had a part of my mind.”
To commemorate Arbury’s birthday last May, Bourne called on people to run 2.23 miles and share it online. Mr. Bourne said the reaction was astounding.
“More than 100,000 people did that virtual run on Mode’s birthday,” Bourne said. “That day, the #IRunWithMaud hashtag was stamped more than 800 million times.”
Vaughn said he was surprised to see the number of people running in Armauder Barry nationwide. But he was really impressed to see it having a global impact. He said celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey, had completed the virtual run. He saw posts shared in counties such as North Korea, China, and Russia.
“Literally people all over the world did it,” Vaughn said. “It was just a little open and I realized we were on the right track.”
The road that never gives up. Bourne looks back on the last time he saw Arbury shortly before he died. He said that as usual, Arbury was running and tried to catch up with him. He said he wasn’t surprised, Arbury overtook him and never got tired.
“Looking back at the mode, I promised not to get tired,” Bourne said. “By pushing the justice of the mode, I never get bored. I will continue to have the same endurance that the mode had, and I will continue.”
With tonight’s commemorative walk and candlelight vigil, Bourne wants to send a powerful message.
“We’re leaving the neighborhood to do something given to Mode,” Vaughn said. “As I told the community, come out to support your family.”
The 2:23 Foundation also hosts a virtual run from February 23rd to March 3rd. We recommend running, walking or biking 2.23 miles to # FinishTheRun. The Foundation states that all proceeds from registration will go directly to the 2:23 Foundation Scholarship Fund. It says all dollars will be spent on the mission of providing scholarships to a small number of young people in pursuit of a career in social justice. The registration fee is $ 23. Click here to register.
2:23 Click here for more information on the Foundation.
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