The mother of Ahmaud Arbery, the unarmed black man fatally shot in a Georgia neighborhood earlier this year, says she'd like for “all hands” that played a part in her son's death to be “prosecuted to the highest” extent of the law.

“I would like for all hands that were involved, that played a part in my son’s murder to be prosecuted to the highest,” Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, said in an interview with TMZ released Tuesday.

TMZ founder and host Harvey Levin noted that Georgia has the death penalty and prosecutors have "discretion depending on certain circumstances.” He then asked Cooper-Jones what punishment she felt would be appropriate for those responsible for her son’s death.


“Coming from my point of view,” Arbery's mother replied, "my son died, so they should die as well.” 

“So, you would not be opposed if the prosecutors went for the death penalty,” another interviewer asked Cooper-Jones. “You would not be opposed to that?”

“I would totally agree with it,” Cooper-Jones said. 

Arbery, 25, was fatally shot in Brunswick, Ga., on Feb. 23. His family said Arbery, who was known to jog regularly, had gone out for a run when he was shot and killed after being pursued by Gregory McMichael and his son, Travis, in a truck. The McMichaels have claimed they followed him because they believed him to be a burglar. 

Last week, more than two months after Arbery’s death, the McMichaels were arrested and charged with murder and aggravated assault. They were later denied bond. The arrests were made a day after what would have been Arbery’s 26th birthday.