GoFundMe Removes Fundraisers In Support of Arbery Murderer

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GoFundMe pages meant to raise funds for one of the men convicted of killing Ahmaud Arbery have been taken down.  

GoFundMe has removed fundraisers in support of William “Roddie” Bryan from its platform.  

PREVIOUS: Three White Men Found Guilty of Murdering Ahmaud Arbery 

Along with father-son duo Gregory and Travis McMichael, Bryan was found guilty of murdering Black jogger Ahmaud Arbery.  

The three men chased Arbery through the Satilla Shores neighborhood of Georgia on Feb. 23, 2020, where Travis McMichael shot Arbery at close range, killing him. He was found guilty on all nine counts, including felony murder and malice murder, BNC previously reported.  

Bryan, who helped the McMichaels chase Arbery and recorded the encounter, was found guilty on three counts of felony murder, one count of aggravated assault, one count of false imprisonment and one count of criminal attempt to commit a felony. All three men are also facing federal hate crime charges relating to the incident.  

According to NBC News, a spokesperson for GoFundMe said three fundraisers for Bryan were removed before any funds could be raised. “GoFundMe prohibits raising money for the legal defense of a violent crime,” the spokesperson said.  

Bryan’s fiancée, Amy Eldor, started a GoFundMe page with hopes of raising $300,000. Kevin Gough, the attorney who represented Bryan, said, “The right to counsel, a guarantee enshrined in our Constitution, means little if ordinary people like Roddie Bryan cannot raise funds for their defense – and that includes the rights to raise funds for appeal.”  

RELATED: Suspect Accused of Killing Ahmaud Arbery ‘Flat Out’ Denied Plea Deal  

Additionally, Gough said, the “cancellation of legitimate online efforts to raise funds, for his client “is simply the latest manifestation of a woke left mob mentality that relentlessly seeks to undermine the institutions of our government.”  

Gough posted a link to another fundraiser for Bryan on a platform called Spotfund to help his client afford upcoming legal fees. All men plan to appeal their convictions.  

RELATED: Ahmaud Arbery Trial: Defense Attorneys Report Plan to Appeal  

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