SATILLA SHORES, Ga – Tuesday February 23 marks one year since Ahmaud Arbery, 25, was shot and killed while running in the Satilla Shores neighborhood near Brunswick Three men are now charged with murder in Arbery case But those arrests did not come until months later after a cellphone video taped by one of the defendants showing his death was released online

On Tuesday, the public is invited to attend a memorial march and candlelight vigil at Satilla Shores

On a morning when you might expect to see neighbors out and about, the roads of Satilla Shores are quiet The space where a small memorial once stood is now empty Arbery’s football coach at the high school, Jason Vaughn, says the community always keeps their memory

“A woman from the community, she would say every morning, she walks her dog,” said Vaughn. “When she walks her dog, she expects to see Maud around the corner”

Arbery’s death hit Vaughn hard He remembers Arbery as a motivated linebacker when he played for him at Brunswick High School But off the field, Arbery’s winning smile and soaring jokes are what stands out most in his mind

“He gave me a hard time and criticized me a lot It was a lot of fun making me smile,” said Vaughn “It’s just a piece of me gone”

With the tragedy a community rallied Vaughn co-founded the 2:23 Foundation with Arbery’s Cousin, a platform dedicated to addressing issues of racial injustice There people are posting online and share their reasons for running

“I love Maud like I love all of my football players,” said Vaughn “As a teacher, as a coach they have pieces of your heart Ahmaud had a piece of my heart”

To mark Arbery’s birthday last May, Vaughn called on people to lead 223 miles and to share it online Vaughn said the response was astounding

“Over 100,000 people on Maud’s birthday took this virtual run,” said Vaughn “The hashtag #IRunWithMaud was printed over 800 million times that day”

Coach Vaughn said he was amazed at how many people were showing up for Ahmaud Arbery across the country But he was truly touched when he saw it had a global impact. He said celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey, had completed the virtual race He saw that the posts were shared in counties such as North Korea, China and Russia

“People all over the world have been doing this race,” said Vaughn “It just opened up, it opened up for us to realize we were on the right track”

A path to never give up Vaughn thinks back to the last time he saw Arbery shortly before his death He said, as always, Arbery was on the run and he tried to catch up with him He said no to his surprise, Arbery got ahead of him and never got tired

“Thinking about Maud, I promised not to tire myself,” said Vaughn “Asking for justice for Maud I will not get tired I will have the same stamina as Maud and I will continue”

“We’re going to be leaving the neighborhood to do something Maud had the opportunity to do,” said Vaughn “Like I told the community, please come forward to support the family”

The 2:23 Foundation is also running a virtual run for early February 23 and last through March 3 People are encouraged to run, walk or cycle 237 km from #FinishTheRun The foundation says that all profits from the ‘registration will go directly to the Foundation’s scholarship fund 2:23 He says every dollar will be used for the mission of providing minority youth with scholarships to pursue a career in social justice Registration costs $ 23 To register, click here

Ashley Harding joined the Channel 4 news team in March 2013 and reports every day of the week for The Morning Show

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