Who was George Floyd? The ‘gentle giant’ trying to turn his life around

George Floyd memorial Minneapolis June 2020
George Floyd’s memorial in Minneapolis held in June 2020

source: Sky News
published: 5 June 2020

George Floyd’s death has sparked protests across the US, with demonstrators desperately calling for an end to police violence. Mr Floyd was an unarmed black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes as he told them “I can’t breathe”.

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He moved to Minneapolis after being released from prison and was known as a “gentle giant” who was trying to turn his life around.

The 46-year-old was born in North Carolina and lived in Houston, Texas, when he was younger but moved to Minneapolis several years ago to find work, according to his lifelong friend, Christopher Harris.

He was known to loved ones as “Big Floyd” and was the father to a six-year-old daughter who lives in Houston with her mother, Roxie Washington.

He also left behind a girlfriend, Courteney Ross, who said she was “heartbroken” over his death.

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