“He did not deserve that. And, you know God has a plan for everybody, man, but you know, it’s tough,” Walker said to ESPN.
Walker lived across the street from his cousin while they were in high school, ESPN reported. Walker said he knew Arbery almost his entire life, according to the report.
The athlete said he still has many questions about what happened in Brunswick that lead to his cousin’s death. “That’s why I watched it so many times,” Walker explained to ESPN. “I couldn’t grasp it. It’s such a gruesome video you want to know why.”
Walker remembers his cousin as “a beautiful soul.”
“He wasn’t a hateful person. He was not. I can’t name one person he had a beef with growing up,” Walked told ESPN. “Everybody loved Ahmaud because he was just a clown, a funny guy.”
CNN’s attempts to reach Gregory and Travis McMichael have been unsuccessful. Both appeared in court Friday, but it’s unclear whether they have legal representation.