George Floyd, the unarmed Black man who was killed in police custody in Minneapolis on Monday, was a “gentle giant” to those who knew him, says his fiancée.
The 46-year-old trucker moved from Houston to Minneapolis about five years ago to search for a better job.
His fiancée Courteney Ross, said his daughter stayed behind in Houston, along with his family and friends.
Ross called for protesters to forgive the cop who killed her fiancé.
“You know, if he was here, he would say that he’s a man of God. He would stand on that firmly,” Ross said.
“He stood up for people, he was there for people when they were down, he loved people that were thrown away,” Ross said. “We prayed over every meal, we prayed if we were having a hard time, we prayed if we were having a good time.”
Ross said she knows the community is hurting, and she hopes they respond in a way that honors Floyd.
“You can’t fight fire with fire. Everything just burns, and I’ve seen it all day — people hate, they’re hating, they’re hating, they’re mad. And he would not want that. He wouldn’t, he wouldn’t, he wouldn’t. He would give grace — I stand on that today — he would still give grace to those people,” she said.
Ross said Floyd’s mother died about a year ago. She believes his mother’s spirit was there with him when he took his last breath.
— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) May 27, 2020