Cops ID person who left mystery condolences note at Ahmaud Arbery’s memorial
A memorial at the spot where Ahmaud Arbery was shot and killed is shown Friday, May 8, in Brunswick Ga.(John Bazemore/AP)
A note left at Ahmaud Arbery’s memorial site that raised suspicions was nothing more than a message of condolences, investigators said.
The Georgia Bureau said Thursday that the message was not cause for concern.
“The GBI has identified the individual that wrote this note,” the GBI said in a statement. “The individual is not connected to the Ahmaud Arbery murder investigation in any way. This person was expressing their condolences for Arbery’s death. We’ve received numerous tips and inquiries related to this and wanted to be sure to update the public. This investigation remains active and ongoing.”
The agency did not reveal the identity of the note-writer.
The note originally led many to think it may have been written by a witness who has yet to come forward.
“Ahmaud — I am so sorry," the note read. "I should have stopped them. I am so sorry.”
S. Lee Merritt, the attorney for the Arbery family, was one of the first to voice their concerns about the note.
“We need to discover who left this note!” Merritt wrote on Twitter.
Arbery, a young black man, was shot after two men, Greg McMichael and Travis McMichael, confronted him while he was jogging. The men, who have been charged with murder, have said they were attempting to make a citizens arrest because Arbery matched a description of a burglary suspect.
Attorneys for both men issued statements on Thursday that the public had rushed to judgement and their clients would be exonerated as more details and facts surface and the real story is told.