Gianna Floyd, the 6-year-old daughter of the late George Floyd, remembers her father while speaking to “Good Morning America” on Wednesday.
During an interview with journalist Eva Pilgrim, the young girl — who sat alongside mother Roxie Washington — said she misses her father, who died in Minneapolis after his neck was pinned to the ground by white police officer Derek Chauvin’s knee.
“Kinda that I miss him,” Gianna said when asked what she wants people to know about her dad.
Gianna added that George “played with me” when asked what her father was like.
“She didn’t have to play with nobody else because Daddy was going to play with her all day long,” Roxie said, adding, “I mean, that was his baby. He loved his little girl.”
Roxie found out about George’s death from a phone call she received from her niece. After a close friend of George’s later confirmed the devastating news, Roxie went on the Internet and watched the now-viral video of George’s altercation with Minneapolis police.
“I watched it only for a moment,” Roxie admitted. “I couldn’t believe that somebody was doing him like that. And then in that moment, you know, because I loved him so much, I wanted to help him or I wish I could’ve been there to help him. And just hearing him begging for his life.”
When asked how she explained George’s death to Gianna, an emotional Roxie said, “I didn’t.”
However, Gianna knew something was wrong.
“I had closed the door so I could watch the news. I went in the room and I said, ‘Gianna, why did you open the door?’ She said, ‘Something’s going on with my family,’” Roxie recalled. “She said ‘I hear them. I hear them saying my daddy’s name.’”
To this day, Roxie still has trouble explaining George’s passing to their daughter.
“She doesn’t know what happened. I told her Daddy died because he couldn’t breathe,” Roxie said.
Despite her family’s tragedy, Gianna is optimistic about her future.
“I know what I want to be when I grow up,” Gianna said. “A doctor. I want to take care of people.”
On Wednesday, the three other officers involved in George’s death — Tou Thao, Thomas Lane, and J. Alexander Kueng — were charged with aiding and abetting second degree murder and aiding and abetting second degree manslaughter.
Chauvin — who was previously charged with third degree murder and manslaughter — also faces a charge of second degree murder.