Celebrities express outrage over the shooting death of a black man in Georgia

"We’re literally hunted EVERYDAY/EVERYTIME we step foot outside the comfort of our homes!" LeBron James wrote. "Can't even go for a damn jog man!"
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LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during a game against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center in New York on Dec. 8, 2018.Al Bello / Getty Images

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By Gwen Aviles

Celebrities have been speaking out over the death of Ahmaud Arbery, a black man who was shot to death while his family says he was jogging in Georgia in February.

"We're literally hunted EVERYDAY/EVERYTIME we step foot outside the comfort of our homes!" NBA star LeBron James tweeted Tuesday. "Can't even go for a damn jog man! Like WTF man are you kidding me?!?!?!?!?!? No man fr ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!!"

Arbery, 25, was chased and gunned down by two white men, who said they believed he was a burglar, while jogging through Brunswick, Georgia, on Feb. 23, according to police. Police have identified the two men as Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son, Travis McMichael, 34. Both men were arrested on Thursday, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced and will face charges of aggravated assault and murder.

"I'm sorry Ahmaud (Rest In Paradise) and my prayers and blessings sent to the heavens above to your family," James wrote alongside a picture of Arbery. "#StayWoke. #ProfiledCauseWeAreSimplyBlack."

Arbery's family attorneys have also released a video that appears to show an altercation between a group of men before what is alleged to be the fatal shooting, and has sparked widespread outrage online.

Other celebrities have posted tributes to Arbery, including comedian Wanda Sykes and model and television personality Padma Lakshmi, who urged the police to arrest those responsible for the young man's death.

"The murder of Ahmaud Arbery should be mentioned everyday until those two killers are behind bars," Sykes tweeted in response to a post from producer Andy Lassner.

Lakshmi instructed her followers to "call the Glynn County Police Dept" and "demand their arrest" in order to ensure "#JusticeForAhmaud."

"We are worthy of peace, joy, grace, compassion, and every damn protection we are afforded by existing," actress Gabrielle Union wrote in an Instagram post. "We shot past sick and tired a long time ago."

Kim Kardashian West, reality TV star, who is training to become a lawyer and has campaigned for prison reform also shared her support online, urging her followers to join a solidarity run to honor Arbery.

In 2018 she lobbied President Trump in an Oval Office meeting, on behalf of Alice Marie Johnson, a grandmother who was serving life in prison in Alabama, for a nonviolent drug conviction. Days later, Trump commuted the sentence for Johnson, who had been in prison for more than two decades.

Adela Suliman contributed.