And although many now know the exact name of the Houston native, those who knew him best called him Floyd.
He worked as a security guard in a restaurant. He was behind you and was there for you when he was down.
George’s brother Philonise Floyd told CNN to Don Lemon on Tuesday, “Knowing my brother is loving my brother.
Floyd, 46, died in the city where he moved for a better life, his last moments were captured in the video. While arrested, Floyd was detained in the Minneapolis police officer’s knee. The video shows that Floyd claims he is suffering and unable to breathe. Then his eyes closed and happiness stopped. It was announced that he died soon after.
He was a friendly boy with a big heart
After high school, chief basketball coach George Walker called Floyd to play at South Florida State College in Avon Park, Florida. Floyd was a student there from 1993 to 1995, Walker told CNN.
“He didn’t bother me as a basketball coach,” Walker said. “He was a pretty good athlete, an average of 12 to 14 points.”
According to Walker’s wife Gloria, Floyd was a friendly boy with a big heart.
Of all the college athletes on the school team, Floyd said he got the most attention because “just being around was fun.”
“He was never someone trying to blame others for his own mistakes,” he said. “He always had them and he always tried to do better.”
He was trying to be a better father
He She moved to Minnesota to work and drive trucks, according to friend and former NBA player Stephen Jackson.
Jackson, who lives in Houston, calls Floyd to his twin.
“I heard more than George had heard all my life in the past few days and we had 21 plus (years) relationship,” CNN’s Poppy Harlow said on Thursday. “His name was always Floyd, my twin.”
According to Jackson, Floyd was known as a protector and provider without a hate-filled bone in his body. He made a deal with everyone and rarely asked for something to help someone, Jackson said.
“The difference between me and my brother was that I had more opportunities than him,” Jackson wrote, In 2003 he won a championship with San Antonio Spurs. “Two common points of both our bottom and our name will live forever.”
After moving to Floyd Minnesota, Jackson said he was talking more about Floyd’s journey to create better opportunities for him.
“My last talk to him was about a year ago, and every conversation we made that year was to heal ourselves and become a better father,” said Jackson. “That’s all he talks about.”
According to Jackson, Floyd is the father of two daughters, the youngest is 6 years old.
“I want justice for her children,” he said. “I want your kids to be looked after. Their fathers are not here.”
Jackson promised to support his friend’s children and “fill Floyd” and said he wanted to ensure that they were provided.
In Houston, who released Floyd more than 20 years ago, Rose Hudson told CNN member KTRK and Floyd has a daughter who is now a toddler mother.
“My daughter had to see her father killed on live TV,” said Hudson. Said.
According to Hudson, Floyd hadn’t met his 3-year-old grandson.
“I’ll let him know how big a man he is,” he said. “He was a good father to his daughters. I only have memories, that’s all I can give him, memories of his grandfather.”
According to owner Jovanni Thunstrom, Floyd served five years in security at the Conga Latin Bistro in Minneapolis.
Although Thunstrom was an employee, the couple were also friends.
“He was loved by all my employees and customers,” Thunstrom told CNN.
According to Thunstrom, the bar is “a very nice guy and really good with customers” Floyd will help clean up after he has closed the bar.
The other half of Floyd Courteney Ross said, “He stood up for people, he was there for people when he was down, he loved people who were thrown.” “We prayed for every meal, if we had a hard time, we prayed if we had a good time.”
Those who don’t know Floyd are also outraged
Anger over Floyd’s death goes beyond his family and friends. Some celebrities reacted to the event on social media.
At that time, Kaepernick had said that he would not honor a song or “be proud of a flag for a country that crushes black people and colorful people.”
“Do you understand NOW !! ?? !! ?? Or is it still blurry to you?
Her family thinks the police haven’t done enough to help her
Some protests were peaceful, while others were devastating.
Although four Minneapolis officers involved in Floyd’s death were fired, family members said it was not enough. They want to see all the officers charged with murder.
“They had to be there to serve and protect, and I didn’t see a single person lifting his finger to do anything to help while begging for his life. None of them tried to do anything to help him.” Floyd’s cousin Tera Brown, Lemon from CNN said to.
CNIM’s Omar Jimenez, Christina Maxouris, Josh Campbell, Melissa Alonso, Ray Sanchez, Joe Sutton and Artemis Moshtaghian contributed to this report
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