In a press conference, Gigi's mom said that her daughter will now have to grow up without a dad.
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As protests erupt across the nation in support of George Floyd, his young daughter spoke about him with pride. On Tuesday, retired NBA player Stephen Jackson, who's as also a friend of George Floyd, shared a small clip of himself with 6-year-old Gianna perched on his shoulders. The child can be seen smiling excitedly as she exclaims, "Daddy changed the world!" Jackson shared the clip on his Instagram page with the caption: That’s right GiGi “Daddy changed the world” 😢😢😢😢😢 George Floyd the name of change. #justiceforgeorgefloyd #ivehadenough Love to all who have love for all ✊🏿✊🏻✊🏾✊🏼✊🏽✊
On the same day, during a press conference in Minneapolis, Gianna's mother Roxie Washington spoke out eight days after Floyd, 46, died, as we reported earlier. The devastated mother, Roxie Washington, mourned that Gianna 'Gigi' Floyd will now have to grow up without a dad. She then went on to describe Floyd as a good father, adding that he did not deserve to die "face down on the pavement". At the same conference, she said that she wanted the officer involved in Floyd's tragic death to pay for what they've done.
5 Things To Know About The George Floyd Protests pic.twitter.com/9FqPMukqBk— The Onion (@TheOnion) June 4, 2020
"At the end of the day, they get to go home and be with their families," said the grieving woman, according to Reuters. Washington was accompanied by family lawyers and close family friend, Stephen Jackson, who was seen carrying the 6-year-old into the building. "Gianna doesn’t have a father. He will never see her grow up, graduate. He will never walk her down the aisle," she said of all the things Gianna would be missing out on due to the senseless killing. Speaking of the special place Floyd had in his heart for his daughter, she continued, "He loved her, he loved her so much."
Expressing her support for the late father, she said, "I’m here for my baby. I’m here for George because I want justice for him, and I want justice for him because he was good. No matter what anybody thinks, he was good." Jackson, who is a former National Basketball Association player, added, "Why do we have to see her pain? I am here to get justice for my brother ... and somehow, goddammit, we are going to get it." He concluded by declaring the point everyone has been stating in the protests, "It has to stop." George Floyd's brother meanwhile, said that the protests are "overshadowing what's going on."
Stephen Jackson walking around Minneapolis with George Floyd’s 6-year-old daughter, Gianna, on his shoulders.— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) June 3, 2020
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As reported earlier, Floyd's brother said he was someone who was all about peace. "He was about peace, he was about unity," he said of George. "But the thing's that's transpiring now, yeah they may call it unity, but it's destructive unity. That's not what my brother was about." He then added that his brother would want someone to channel their emotions in some other way. "He would motivate you to channel — if you're angry it's okay to be angry — but channel your anger to do something positive or make a change another way," Terrence said.
EXCLUSIVE: George Floyd’s brother Terrence says he feels like violent protests are “overshadowing what is going on because he was about peace .... [this is] destructive unity. That’s not what he was about.” https://t.co/we0hSARItv pic.twitter.com/ko8aT2MiWo— Good Morning America (@GMA) June 1, 2020
"We've been down this road already. He would want to seek justice the way we are, the way we're trying to do. But channel it another way. The anger, damaging your hometown, it's not the way he'd want." Terrence then added that his brother was a "gentle giant," always going on about peace and unity. "When you spoke to him, he always wanted to motivate you no matter what you were going through," he said. "He always saw the light and the brightest side of things. He made you feel like you could just do anything, even if you're going through something. That's just how he spoke to you. He just really helped me. He was a motivator, that's how I could just sum it up, he was a peaceful motivator."
"I'm here for my baby, and I’m here for George, because I want justice for him." Roxie Washington, George Floyd's girlfriend, talks about their 6-year-old daughter, Gianna, growing up without her father. https://t.co/B9PZ98kzQU pic.twitter.com/Ucz59Thkpr— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 3, 2020
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