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Photos: Raw emotions pour out in guilty verdicts in Ahmaud Arbery murder case

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BRUNSWICK, GA - NOVEMBER 24: Jamie Cooper Jr., left, with his mother Dana Roberts and sister, Johneya Beckham, react as they listen to guilty verdicts for the defendants in the trial of the killers of Ahmaud Arbery on November 24, 2021 in Brunswick, Georgia. Greg McMichael, his son Travis McMichael, and a neighbor, William "Roddie" Bryan were found guilty in the February, 2020 fatal shooting of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
Jamie Cooper Jr., left, with his mother, Dana Roberts, and sister, Johneya Beckham, react as they listen to guilty verdicts for the killers of Ahmaud Arbery on Nov. 24, 2021 in Brunswick, Ga. (Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — Three white men were found guilty of murder Wednesday in the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man whose killing last year helped fuel a national debate on racial profiling and vigilantism.

Gregory McMichael, 65, his son, Travis McMichael, 35, and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan Jr., 52, chased down Arbery in their pickup trucks as he ran through their Satilla Shores subdivision near the coastal port city of Brunswick before the younger McMichael shot him dead.

The men later said that they were attempting to make a citizen’s arrest and that Travis McMichael was acting in self-defense, because he fired only after Arbery, in his final moments, had lunged for him and his gun.

People stand and sit in a courtroom.
Greg McMichael, center, and his son, Travis McMichael, left, look at family members seated in the gallery when they walk into the courtroom for the reading of the jury's verdicts in the Glynn County Courthouse on Nov. 24, 2021 in Brunswick, Ga. (Stephen B. Morton / Pool Photo)
People raise their arms behind a barricade.
People react outside the Glynn County Courthouse after guilty verdicts. (Sean Rayford / Getty Images)
Two people hug.
Ahmaud Arbery's mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, is hugged by a supporter after the guilty verdicts. (Stephen B. Morton / Associated Press)
A person holds a sign that says, "I run with Ahmaud," among a crowd of people outdoors.
A woman holds a sign during a rally to protest the shooting of Arbery in Brunswick. (Stephen B. Morton / Associated Press)
Two people hug.
Arbery's father, Marcus Arbery, center, is hugged by his attorney Benjamin Crump after the jury convicted Travis McMichael in the Glynn County Courthouse. (Stephen B. Morton / Pool Photo)
A woman stands next to a painting of a man outside a building.
Wanda Cooper-Jones, Arbery's mother, stands with a painting of her son during a candlelight vigil in his honor at New Springfield Baptist Church in Waynesboro, Ga., in February, 2021. (Michael Holahan / Augusta Chronicle )
A man holds a shotgun in court.
Firearms expert Brian Leppard with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation examines a 12-gage Remington pump shotgun as part of the evidence during the trial in the Glynn County Courthouse. (Stephen B. Morton / Associated Press)
People hug.
Attorney Laura Hogue, right, hugs Greg McMichael's wife, Leigh McMichael, center, and his daughter, Lindsey McMichael, after the jury's verdict in court. (Stephen B. Morton / Associated Press)
People raise their arms outdoors.
People react to the appearance of Arbery's family and its attorneys outside the Glynn County Courthouse after the guilty verdicts. (Sean Rayford / Getty Images)
A crowd outdoors.
Wanda Cooper-Jones, attorney Lee Merritt, right, and the Rev. Al Sharpton are greeted outside the courthouse after the verdicts. (Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.