The Sun : Unknown ‘bystander’ leaves mystery note saying ‘I should have stopped them’ at exact spot Ahmaud Arbery was shot

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A MYSTERY bystander left a harrowing note saying they "should have stopped" his alleged killers at the exact spot where Ahmaud Arbery was shot to death.

The card was placed at a makeshift memorial for the 25-year-old on the same street in Georgia where he was killed on February 23.

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A mysterious apology note to Ahmaud Arbery was left by an unknown bystander at the exact spot where he was killed in February[/caption]

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'Ahmaud – I am so sorry. I should have stopped them. I am so sorry,' the note reads[/caption]

"Ahmaud – I am so sorry. I should have stopped them. I am so sorry," the message reads.

The haunting note, which was seen by WJXT, seemingly implies there's a witness to Arbery's killing who has yet to come forward.

No name was signed at the end of the message, and no other context or information is provided.

It's unclear when the card was left at the memorial, TMZ reported.

The chilling mystery note was left as:

It was reported Wednesday that the father and son accused of killing Arbery had a confrontation with him less than two weeks before his death.

Diego Perez said on Tuesday he accompanied George McMichael, 64, and his son Travis, 34, on a February 11 search for a young black man who entered a neighboring house under construction in Georgia.

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The note, which wasn't signed, was left at a makeshift memorial for Arbery in Georgia[/caption]

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Travis McMichael (left), 34, and Gregory McMichael (right), 64, allegedly shot and killed the black jogger on February 23[/caption]

Perez told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he was at the shooting scene immediately after Arbery was shot on February 23 and recognized the 25-year-old as the man the McMichaels confronted earlier that day.

The February 11 encounter had been prompted by footage from a motion-sensor security camera in the construction site that had pinged the property owner, who was two hours away, according to AJC.

The owner of the home, Larry English, then texted the video to Perez, who lived near the construction site and offered to keep watch over English's property.

The McMichaels were arrested last Thursday by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and charged with felony murder and aggravated assault.

As Perez approached the house under construction on February 11, he said he saw Travis McMichael drive up from the opposite direction and stop his truck.

"Travis saw him in the yard and Travis stopped," he said.

"He confronted (the man) halfway into the yard. He said (the man) reached for his waistband, and Travis got spooked and went down the road."

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Gregory and Travis are behind bars at the Glynn County Detention Center, where they're being held without bail[/caption]

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Diego Perez said Tuesday he saw Travis McMichael confront Arbery but was 'spooked' once Arbery 'reached for his waistband'[/caption]

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Hundreds of people have taken to the streets to protest the handling of his case since footage of his death leaked on May 5[/caption]

McMichael then returned with his father Gregory, who was armed, Perez said, adding that the elder McMichael had called local police.

But the watchful neighbor said he found no evidence of Arbery around the property.

On Tuesday, Arbery's grieving mother Wanda Cooper-Jones demanded the death penalty for her sons alleged killers.

The grieving mother told TMZ on Tuesday she wants the McMichaels to "die as well" in order for justice to be served.

"What would your family consider as swift justice?" a TMZ reporter asked Cooper-Jones.

"Coming from a mother's point of view, my son died," she said.

"So they should die as well. I would totally agree with [the death penalty]."

Cooper-Jones added that the new district attorney had reached out to update her on the case, saying: "I think there will be justice for Ahmaud."

Wanda Cooper-Jones said Tuesday she wants Ahmaud's alleged killers to "die as well" for justice to be served
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She has called her son's death 'a lynching in the middle of the day'[/caption]

The McMichaels are currently behind bars at the Glynn County Detention Center, where they're being held without bond.

Glynn County Undersheriff Ron Corbett told TMZ Wednesday that the alleged killers are in protective custody away from the general population in jail due to safety concerns amid rising tensions in the community.

Due to safety reasons, Corbett declined to say whether the men were on suicide watch or if their lives have been threatened by other inmates.

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The McMichaels were arrested Thursday following a two-day probe by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation[/caption]

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Glynn County law enforcement officials have faced scrutiny since footage of the killing leaked on May 5[/caption]

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