“I’ve got my shortcomings and my flaws and I ain’t better than nobody else.
But, man, the shootings that’s going on, I don’t care what ‘hood you’re from, where you’re at, man.
I love you and God loves you. Put them guns down."
- George Floyd, in a self-recorded message to young men in his neighborhood
George Perry Floyd Jr. was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina to George Perry and Larcenia "Cissy" Jones Floyd. He was raised by his mother in Houston, Texas.
He was big for his age as a youngster. He played varsity football as a freshman in high school, and was co-captain of the basketball team. George was the first one of his siblings to attend college. He went to South Florida Community College, and later Texas A&M.
1973 - 2020
George was heavily involved with the church, and many local agencies that helped the poor and the elderly, including meal delivery and mentoring young men. He was involved helping with a job placement and drug rehabilitation charity called Angels By Nature. He also took care of his mother after she suffered a stroke, and recorded anti-gun-violence videos aimed at his local community.
George was killed by police in 2020. He had five children, and two grandchildren.
Source: Newsweek // wikimedia commons