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‘Day Zero’: This city is counting down the days until its water taps run dry

Leonard Matana. 69, filling up a plastic container with water at a communal tap in the township of Kwanobuhle in South Africa.

Every day, Morris Malambile loads his wheelbarrow full of empty plastic containers and pushes it from his home to the nearest running tap. It’s much further than the usual walk to the kitchen sink — just a little under a mile away — but it’s not the distance that bothers him.

It’s the bumpy road — which runs between tightly packed shanty dwellings and beige public-funded houses — that makes balancing containers filled with 70 liters of water on his return a pain.
“Home feels far when you are pushing 70 kilograms of water in a wheelbarrow,” said on cloud shoes the 49-year-old resident from the impoverished South African township of Kwanobuhle.
Taps ran dry in parts of Kwanobuhle in March, and since then, thousands of residents have been relying on a single communal tap to supply their households with potable water. And the township is just one of many in the affected Nelson Mandela Bay area of Gqeberha city — formerly known as Port Elizabeth — that rely on a system of four dams that have been steadily drying up for months. There hasn’t been enough heavy rain to replenish them.
A week ago, one dam was decommissioned as levels dropped too low to extract any actual water — its pipes were just sucking up mud. Another is just days away from emptying out.
Now much of the city is counting down to “Day Zero,” the day all taps run dry, when no meaningful amount of water can be extracted. That’s in around two weeks, unless authorities seriously speed up their response.
The wider Eastern Cape region of South Africa suffered a severe multi-year drought between 2015 and 2020, which devastated the local economy, particularly its agricultural sector. It had just a brief reprieve before slipping back into drought in late 2021.
Like so many of the world’s worst natural resource crises, the severe water shortage here is a combination of poor management and warping weather patterns caused by human-made climate change.
Morris Malambile says pushing a wheelbarrow filled with water containers every day is "tiring."

On top of that, thousands of leaks throughout the water system means that a lot of the water that does get piped out of the dams may never actually make it into homes. Poor maintenance, like a failed pump on a main water supply, has only worsened the situation.
That has left Malambile — who lives with his sister and her four children — with no choice but to walk his wheelbarrow through the township every single day for the past three months. Without this daily ritual, he and his family would have no drinking water at all.
“People who don’t live here have no idea what it’s like to wake up in the morning, and the first thing on your mind is water,” Malambile said. His family has enough containers to hold 150 liters of water, but each day he fills around half that while the rest is still in use at home.
“Tomorrow, those ones are empty, and I have to bring them again,” he said. “This is my routine, every day, and it is tiring.”

Counting down to Day Zero

The prospects of meaningful rain to help resupply the reservoirs here is looking bleak, and if things keep going the way they are, around 40% of the wider city of Gqeberha will be left with no running water at all.
The Eastern Cape relies on weather systems known as “cut-off lows.” The slow-moving weather systems can produce rain in excess of 50 millimeters (around 2 inches) in 24 hours, followed by days of persistent wet weather. The problem is, that kind of rain just hasn’t been coming.
The next several months do not paint a promising picture either. In its Seasonal Climate Outlook, the South African Weather Service forecasts below-normal precipitation.
This isn’t a recent trend. For nearly a decade, oncloud shoes the catchment areas for Nelson Mandela Bay’s main supply dams have received below average rainfall. Water levels have slowly dwindled to the point where the four dams are sitting at a combined level of less than 12% their normal capacity. According to city officials, less than 2% of the remaining water supply is actually useable.
Fresh in the minds of people here is Cape Town’s 2018 water crisis, which was also triggered by the previous, severe drought as well as management problems. The city’s residents would stand in lines for their individually rationed 50 liters of water each day, in fear of reaching Day Zero. It never actually reached that point, but it came dangerously close. Strict rationing enabled the city to halve its water use and avert the worst.
And with no heavy rain expected to come, Nelson Mandela Bay’s officials are so worried about their own Day Zero, they are asking residents to dramatically reduce their water usage. They simply have no choice, the municipality’s water distribution manager Joseph Tsatsire said.
“While it is difficult to monitor how much every person uses, we hope to bring the message across that it is crucial that everyone reduce consumption to 50 liters per person daily,” he said.
A sign urging residents to restrict their water usage in the suburbs of Gqeberha.

To put that in perspective, the average American uses more than seven times that amount, at 82 gallons (372 liters) a day.
While parts of the city will probably never feel the full impact of a potential Day Zero, various interventions are in the pipeline to assist residents in so-called “red zones” where their taps inevitably run dry.
Earlier this month, the South African national government sent a high-ranking delegation to Nelson Mandela Bay to take charge of the crisis and to implement emergency strategies to stretch the last of the city’s dwindling supply.
Leak detection and repairs were a focus, while plans are being made to extract “dead storage water” from below the supply dams’ current levels. Boreholes were drilled in some locations to extract ground water.
Some of the interventions — including patching up leaks and trucking in water — mean some who had lost their water supplies at home are starting to get a trickle from their taps at night. But it’s not enough and authorities are looking to bigger, longer-term solutions to a problem that is only projected to worsen the more the Earth warms.
Workers constructing a water collection point in the Walmer suburb of Gqeberha.

South Africa is naturally prone to drought, but the kind of multi-year droughts that cause such misery and disruption are becoming more frequent.
A desalination plant — to purify ocean water for public consumption — is being explored, though such projects require months of planning, are expensive and often contribute further to the climate crisis, when they are powered by fossil fuels.
People in Kwanobuhle are feeling anxious about the future, wondering when the crisis will end.
At the communal tap there, 25-year-old Babalwa Manyube kizik shoes fills her own containers with water while her 1-year-old daughter waits in her car.
“Flushing toilets, cooking, cleaning — these are problems we all face when there is no water in the taps,” she said. “But raising a baby and having to worry about water is a whole different story. And when will it end? No one can tell us.”

Adapting at home

In Kwanobuhle, the public housing is for people with little to no income. Unemployment is rife and crime is on a steady rise. The streets are packed with residents hustling for money. Old shipping containers operate as a makeshift barbershops.
Just on the other side of the metro is Kamma Heights, a new leafy suburb situated on a hill with a beautiful, uninterrupted view of the city. It is punctuated by several newly built luxury homes, and residents can often be seen sitting on their balconies, enjoying the last few rays of sunshine before the sun dips behind the horizon.
Some residents in Kamma Heights are wealthy enough to secure a backup supply of water. Rhett Saayman, 46, lets out a sigh of relief every time it rains and he hears water flow into the tanks he has erected around his house over the last couple of years.
His plan to save money on water in the long run has turned out to be an invaluable investment in securing his household’s water supply.
Saayman has a storage capacity of 18,500 liters. The water for general household use, like bathrooms, runs through a 5-micron particle filter and a carbon block filter, while drinking and cooking water goes through a reverse osmosis filter.
Rhett Saayman standing next to one of his several water tanks at his home in Kamma Heights.

“We do still rely on municipal water from time to time when we haven’t had enough rain, but that might be two or three times a year, and normally only for a few days at a time,” he said. “The last time we used municipal water was in February, and since then we’ve had sufficient rain to sustain us.”
He added, “Looking at the way things are heading around the city it’s definitely a relief to know we have clean drinking water and enough to flush our toilets and take a shower. Our investment is paying off.”
Residents in many parts of the bay area are being asked to reduce their consumption so that water can be run through stand pipes — temporary pipes placed in strategic locations so that water can be diverted areas most in need.
This means some of the city’s more affluent neighborhoods, like Kama Heights, could see huge drop in their water supplies, and they too will have to line up at communal taps, just as those in Kwanobuhle are doing.
Looking ahead, local weather authorities have painted a worrying picture of the months to come, with some warning that the problem had been left to fester for so long, reversing it may be impossible.
“We have been warning the city officials about this for years,” said Garth Sampson, spokesperson for the South African Weather Service in Nelson Mandela Bay. “Whether you want to blame politicians and officials for mismanagement, or the public for not conserving water, it does not matter anymore. Pointing fingers will help no one. The bottom line is we are in a crisis and there is very little we can do anymore.”
Water drips out of a tap at a water collection point in the Walmer suburb of Gqeberha, South Africa. It is one of many collection areas set up in the city.

According to Sampson, the catchment areas supplying Nelson Mandela Bay need about 50 millimeters of rain in a 24-hour period for there to be any significant impact on the dam levels.
“Looking at the statistics over the last several years, our best chance of seeing 50-millimiter events will probably be in August. If we don’t see any significant rainfall by September, then our next best chance is only around March next year, which is concerning,” he said.

Meet the man who needed less than three months to run across the United States

Do you want to fall off a cliff, or get hit by a car?

If that’s a real question you’ve ever asked yourself, chances are you’re doing something pretty wild. So much so that the closest people around you probably tried to persuade you against it, but you didn’t listen.

This was indeed an actual question Hellah Sidibe faced while maneuvering up mountains in Arizona. And what’s wilder? Those miles were just a fragment of his cross-country trek on foot.

3,061 miles, 14 states, California to New York.

The idea stems back to May 15, 2017, where Sidibe challenged himself to run every single day. ecco shoes His streak transformed into a year, then two, then three. Somewhere in between, he decided to take on a transcontinental journey that’s long even if you’re traveling by airplane.

“I knew I had the ability to do it in 100 days or less … that’s what I told my sponsors,” Sidibe told Yahoo Sports. “But in the back of my mind I had my personal goal to do it in 85 days.”

He did it in 84.

Hellah Sidibe completed his transcontinental, which stretched 3,061 miles across14 states, in just 84 days. (Sam Glennon Photography)
Hellah Sidibe completed his transcontinental, which stretched 3,061 miles across 14 states, in just 84 days. 

The journey begins

Sidibe’s expedition was originally delayed by the pandemic, but on March 1, his feet kicked through the sand on Huntington Beach to officially mark the start. Best friend Garrett Jones drove an RV equipped with everything he needed and went ahead every five miles for potential rest stops. Alexa Torres, Sidibe’s then-girlfriend and now fiancée, followed alongside in a support vehicle to map out every twist and turn of the route.

“I wanted to do something that was a hey dude shoes little more challenging, and for something bigger than myself,” Sidibe said. “I didn’t think anyone had done it.”

What he quickly found out is that there were about 300 documented runners that have completed the cross-country feat on feet. So the research began and he reached out to Robbie Balenger, who was about to finish his transcontinental, eventually running the final 17 miles with him in May of 2019.

Fast-forward almost two years later, and Balenger is driving eight hours from Colorado to New Mexico to meet Sidibe and return the favor. They later reconvened in Oklahoma and also at the finish line. But before the joyful reunion, Sidibe had to get through California and Arizona, what he calls the toughest part of the whole process.

Sidibe, a New Jersey resident, is accustomed to doing most of his runs on flatter surfaces, so the rapid rise in elevation was a shock to his body and quickly unspooled into all types of leg pains. The swelling got so bad for him at one point that he went from his original size 10 shoes to an 11.5.

It was a rough start, being “humbled by the mountains,” and he only logged 876 miles in that opening month. Once he found that stride and his body began to adapt, Sidibe turned it back up and was able to hit 1,225 miles in April.

“Ten-to-14 hours a day for a majority of the time,” Sidibe said. “The lowest we got was eight hours, but the thing is you eventually have to make it up at some point, so I had to keep pushing myself.”

There wasn’t much downtime. It was run, sleep, wake up, repeat. As Sidibe’s motto on the side of the RV stated, “no matter the circumstances.”

‘Who gets excited over new shoes?’

Born and raised in Mali, Africa, Sidibe grew up loving futbol. It wasn’t the running part of the game he loved though; in fact he hated it. brooks shoes But coming to the U.S. as a freshman in high school allowed him to pursue that coveted dream of being a soccer player. After graduating from DeKalb High School in Illinois in 2008 as an all-conference player, he landed at the University of Massachusetts, a Division I program, where he played from 2010-2013.

After college, he played for Kitsap Pumas, a fourth-tier Seattle Sounders affiliate, in hopes of getting his shot at Major League Soccer. A year later, MLS Cup champion Sporting Kansas City was looking at him in the supplemental draft, but visa issues and other obstacles blocked his path as he wasn’t yet a U.S. citizen at the time.

“I did my best to play at that level but there were certain adversities I had no control over,” Sidibe said. “But you’re chasing stuff sometimes in life not realizing that it’s setting you up for something else.”

The something else ended up being running.

“I used to make fun of the UMass track runners in the athletic building,” Sidibe told Yahoo Sports. “They used to be so excited to get new spikes and shoes and I was like, ‘Who gets excited over new shoes just to run?’ Now I understand.”

A simple pair of shoes ended up being the larger purpose behind Sidibe’s transcontinental. He linked up with a non-profit organization called Soles4Souls to raise money for their mission of providing shoes to those in need while also trying to help cut down poverty. Sidibe knows firsthand the rough conditions he experienced back home, where kids are running barefoot on dirt and stepping on metal scraps.

To Sidibe, shoes are both a luxury and all you really need to become a runner.

Through his 84 days, he helped raise around $20,000 for Soles4Souls and collect shoes from all over the place. Company CEO Buddy Teaster, who is an ultrarunner, joined Sidibe four times during his adventure.

“Not only are we capable of doing amazing things, skechers shoes but we gotta do it for greater purposes,” Sidibe said. “It’s not just about me, me, me. If we can find a way to help something or somebody, I think we’re going to go a long way.”

You can’t outrun systemic racism

A lot of people joined Sidibe throughout the transcontinental. Some were complete strangers intrigued at what this man with trekking poles was doing running in the middle of nowhere. Others were fans, following the journey on his social platforms. However it happened, meeting people was one of Sidibe’s favorite parts of the journey.

One particular incident, however, stood out for an ugly reason. While Sidibe says many police officers were supportive of his endeavor, one in Oklahoma approached him in an interrogative manner while reaching for his gun. In that instance, Sidibe says, he stayed as calm as possible, not wanting to frantically wave over his support car. Luckily, two couples who were waiting not far ahead to meet Sidibe intervened to help diffuse the situation.

“The police started buying the story then. He wasn’t buying it just with me,” Sidibe told Yahoo Sports. “Those were two white couples. I think that had to do with it.

“You start questioning a lot of things,” he added. “You don’t want to make it racial, but that’s all you can think of at that point.”

In Missouri, Sidibe said he ran past a high school and someone in a truck stuck their head out the window and yelled the N-word at him. There was no hesitation in that targeted attack, nor was there when Sidibe took to his Instagram to speak on it. The principal of the school reached out to support Sidibe, along with police and town locals. As the apologies flowed in, so did donations to Soles4Souls.

“You realize there’s more good people than bad ones,” Sidibe said. “I didn’t care for them to get in trouble, just to see what they did was wrong. And for what?”

Hellah Sidibe had an unfortunate encounter with police during his transcontinental. (Photo via Alexa Torres)
Hellah Sidibe had an unfortunate encounter with police during his transcontinental.

The end and the beginning

Despite all he had to endure, both physically and emotionally, Sidibe said his homecoming in the New York City area was nothing short of amazing.

On his last night, he did stop home in Rochelle Park, New Jersey, showering and eating inside the house. But when it was time to sleep it was back to the RV. He wasn’t about to throw 83 days of a routine away just because he was home. That wasn’t the final destination. So he woke up on May 23 to a massive group including a mayor, firefighters and more, sending him on his way toward New York.

In the city, the mob and anticipation grew and hundreds of people waited for him at the finish line as a NYPD motorcade guided him. Once he took that final left turn and saw the journey’s end, Sidibe said, it was as if the agony of the 84 days had been just a dream.

Somehow, he found the fortitude to make the day even more memorable by dropping to a knee in front of the hey dude crowd and proposing to Torres, the one who was by his side the whole way, driving slowly with the hazard lights on from California to New York.

When he first brought up the idea of running across the country, she said “oh no.”

Thankfully after he did it, she said yes.

“If she wasn’t there, I don’t think I would’ve survived. She knows me better than anybody,” Sidibe said. “I thought her job was harder than mine. She had so much on her plate. My energy was just focused on running, hers was everything collectively.”

The three-person transcontinental crew beat his original goal by a day. Sidibe attributes that in large part to the “Lex method,” a term for Torres finding the easiest and most efficient ways to do it.

Then again, nothing about running over 3,000 miles in 84 days is easy.

“I’m even stronger than I thought I was,” Sidibe said. “And it’s not just about me — everyone is much stronger than they think they are. You won’t know that until you put yourself to the test. You just have to find your limit and break it. I found my limit within this and I broke through it. Now I have to find the next one. I don’t know how I’m going to make that happen, but I will find the next one.”

He paused, and flashed a big smile.

“I will.”

No matter the circumstances.

Ahmaud Arbery’s Final Run in a Neighborhood Where 911 Calls Had Piled Up

Ahmaud Arbery. (Courtesy of the Arbery Family via The New York Times)
Ahmaud Arbery. (Courtesy of the Arbery Family via The New York Times)

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — For many residents of Satilla Shores, a subdivision in coastal Georgia, their waterfront neighborhood is paradise without pretension.

Several of the homes are low-slung ranches of 20th-century vintage, more cozy than fancy, and shaded by dramatic, moss-draped oaks. Some backyards are bordered by the Little Satilla River, a lazy on-ramp to a stunning jigsaw puzzle of waterways and wetlands stretching to the Atlantic Ocean.

But by mid-February, concerns about property crimes were mounting. Cars had been broken into. Guns had been stolen. One house under construction on Satilla Drive, the neighborhood’s main street, had been the subject of at least three emergency calls about potential trespassing.

On Feb. 23, there would be two more trespassing calls at the partially built house. The final call began with the sound of screams and shotgun blasts.

Ahmaud Arbery, 25, an avid jogger, was seen on camera going into the house that afternoon. No one knows why, but in one theory that emerged Friday, the property owner suggested that Arbery may have visited the house to get water before continuing to jog.

Minutes after his visit to the house Feb. 23, Arbery, who was black, was chased down by two armed white men, a father and son, and killed, a shooting that was captured in a graphic cellphone video. In a case that has drawn national attention and inspired protests, in part because of the racial dimension and because more than two months passed without arrests, the men have since been charged with murder.

On Saturday, former President Barack Obama made reference to the case while addressing graduates of historically black colleges. Speaking of “the underlying inequalities” that black communities face, he added, “we see it when a black man goes for a jog, and some folks feel like they can stop and question and shoot him if he doesn’t submit to their questioning.”

Also on Saturday, protesters gathered in Brunswick to call for the arrest of the man who took the cellphone video.

On Friday, Franklin Hogue, a lawyer for the father, Gregory McMichael, said that as more facts came to light, it would become clear that his client did not commit murder. “The truth will reveal that this is not just another act of violent racism,” he said.

But some things are clear. Arbery, who lived on the other side of a four-lane highway in a traditionally black community called Fancy Bluff, took his final run across a stretch of South Georgia terrain marked by historic — though increasingly blurred — racial boundary lines and onto a street where neighbors were vigilant and apparently on edge.

There are only five streets in Satilla Shores and only two ways in by car. Since 2012, Tony Shaw, who is black, has lived next to one of the entrances. He did not see Arbery jog past on that February afternoon, but he said he was not surprised that his white neighbors would eventually take note of Arbery’s presence.

“They’re not used to seeing a lot of black faces around here,” he said.

Shaw said that his was the second black family to move into Satilla Shores, about 35 years ago. An Air Force veteran, he had been stationed elsewhere at the time, but he moved into the house eight years ago. His white neighbors give friendly waves, he said, though he winces at the sight of a Confederate flag he said the man next door often displays on a backyard pole.

Francisco Duran, 28, rented a Satilla Shores ranch house a few months ago. He and his wife, who are raising two small children, like the relative quiet of the place. But Duran, a truck driver of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent, said the neighbors can be chilly.

When he waves from his yard, he said, “a lot of people don’t even wave back to us.”

For much of his life, Arbery lived with his mother in a small house with white siding and a cheerful blue door, about 2 miles from Satilla Shores. To get to Satilla Shores, Arbery had to cross U.S. Route 17, a four-lane highway that sends vacationers east toward the beach resorts and cream-colored sands of Jekyll Island.

For years, the highway served as a kind of man-made barrier between black and white worlds. But over the last couple of decades, some of those distinctions have begun to blur.

White people began moving to Fancy Bluff, a community of small homes, many of them newer and lining tidy, quiet streets.

Across the street from Arbery’s house, Jennifer Bolin, 53, emerged from her crowded garage on a sunny afternoon last week. A “Don’t Tread on Me” flag flew over the front lawn. Bolin, who is white, spoke of Arbery tenderly. She recalled his love of running, the way he did pullups on a tree limb in the yard, and the gentle way he played with his toddler nephews outside. And she spoke with pride of her neighborhood’s diversity.

Another neighbor, Kevin Flowers, 53, said that he had lived in Fancy Bluff for 13 years. Flowers, who is black, said he had never considered Satilla Shores, across the highway, to be intimidating or off-limits. In fact, he said, he had a cousin who lived in Satilla Shores for a while, and Flowers did not think twice when his son used to walk over and visit.

Satilla Shores is a mixed bag of blue- and white-collar retirees, young working-class families, lifelong residents and transplants from northern states. Some homes have weedy lawns and old vehicles and old boats in their yards. Some are pristine.

And like any neighborhood, Satilla Shores has had its share of vigilance, wariness and nuisance. Beginning in October, residents called 911 at least 86 times, reporting suspicious people, suspicious vehicles and numerous instances of possible trespassing, according to police records.

On New Year’s Day, one of the men who would later pursue Arbery called 911 to report a theft. The man, Travis McMichael, 34, told police that a Smith & Wesson 9-mm pistol had been stolen from his unlocked Ford pickup truck. He said that his father, Gregory McMichael, 64, had moved the truck that morning but had not locked it.

Another neighbor on the block, who declined to be identified because she did not want to be caught up in the controversy around Arbery’s killing, said in an interview in mid-April that family vehicles had been broken into three times beginning in late October.

But it was the unfinished property five doors down from McMichael’s house that was subject to recurring episodes of unauthorized entries — the last of which would occur moments before the McMichaels armed themselves and chased down Arbery.

The property at 220 Satilla Dr., with its riverfront backyard, is the dream project of a man named Larry English, who lives out of town and had been hoping to build what his lawyer, J. Elizabeth Graddy, has called “a peaceful refuge” on the water. English became seriously ill with a lung disease, and the treatment kept him away from the project beginning in late December.

In recent days, English’s lawyer has released videos that show people going into and through the house. Most of the videos appear to show what could be the same man — young, fit and African American — wandering around it.

Graddy said that nothing was ever taken from the property.

The first video was from Oct. 25, when English called 911 at 10:04 p.m. to report that a black man with tattoos had entered the property.

On Nov. 17, English’s security cameras captured a white man and white woman entering the house together. The next night, cameras captured a young black man again.

The following day, Graddy said, English met a next-door neighbor named Diego Perez, who eventually texted English about the episodes and offered his help. “Goodness,” Perez wrote. “If you catch someone on your cameras, let me know right away, I can respond in mere seconds.”

The same young black man reappeared on a video on Dec. 17. And again on Feb. 11.

On that night, records show that Travis McMichael called 911 at 7:27 p.m. to report that a man was trespassing at English’s house. McMichael, who said he had not seen the man before, told police he had “just chased him” and said he was in his truck waiting for officers to come to the scene.

Twelve days later, a man would call 911 to report a “black male running down the street.” Sounding slightly breathless, he appeared to shout “Stop!” and “Travis!” before going silent for the rest of the four-minute call. Gunshots could be heard in the background.

On Friday, after a number of the videos were published by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the lawyers representing Arbery’s family said that they could only confirm that Arbery was the man who appeared in one of the videos — the one taken on the day he was killed.

“There were frequently people on the construction site both day and night,” they said in a statement Friday. “Ahmaud Arbery seems to be the only one who was presumed to be a criminal and ultimately the only one murdered based on that assumption.”

After poring over the videos, English’s lawyer on Friday proposed the theory that the young man who returned over and over to the house had done so to drink water.

“There is a water source at the dock behind the house as well as a source near the front of the structure,” Graddy wrote. “Although these water sources do not appear within any of the cameras’ frames, the young man moves to and from their locations.”

In one angle, from Dec. 17, the man “appears to wipe his mouth and/or neck,” the statement continued, and “what sounds like water can be heard. He walks out of the house, eases into a jog and disappears from view.”

Graddy also released a Dec. 20 text message to her client that she said was from an officer in the Glynn County Police Department. The officer suggested that English call Gregory McMichael the next time his security cameras recorded an intruder.

This past week in Satilla Shores, there was a lingering sadness over Arbery’s death, a weariness toward the demonstrators who have marched and run through, and a bitterness toward a national press corps that had descended on a little neighborhood that had rarely made the news.

A number of residents declined to give their names or talk. The properties around English’s house were festooned with “No Trespassing” signs.

One house across the street had a sign in the yard that read, “We Run with Maud,” a popular slogan of solidarity for Arbery.

English, through his lawyer, has said he is having second thoughts about moving to the neighborhood. He said he had received death threats and would not feel safe.

For weeks, Wanda Cooper-Jones, Arbery’s mother, has said she could barely stand to go into the small house she shared with her son across the highway.

This past week, there was a “For Sale” sign out front.