Following the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died after a Minneapolis, Minnesota, police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes, protests have taken place in all 50 states across America and around the world. Floyd is survived by his 6-year-old daughter, Gianna.
In a touching new video, Gianna is seen sitting on the shoulders of former NBA star Stephen Jackson.
Smiling, Gianna declares, “Daddy changed the world!” throwing her arms up as Jackson holds on to them.
Jackson posted a photo of himself and “GiGi” and the touching video to his Instagram account.
He also shared a GoFundMe page for Gianna, which has surpassed its $500,000 goal in just a day.
Jackson has been a longtime friend of Floyd’s, saying the pals referred to themselves as “Twin” prior to his tragic death.
“Don’t worry Twin on my soul I got GiGi. Know dat. I am my brothers keeper and I got a lot of brothers. #justiceforgeorgefloyd #ivehadenough Rest Easy Twin,” Jackson captioned a photo of himself and GiGi.
On Tuesday, Gianna’s mother, Roxie Washington, spoke out, making a tearful statement with her daughter by her side.
“I don’t have a lot to say, because I can’t get my words together right now,” Washington said at Minneapolis City Hall. “But I wanted everybody to know that this is what those officers took. At the end of the day, they get to go home and be with their families. Gianna does not have a father.”
“He will never see her grow up, graduate, he will never walk her down the aisle,” Washington added. “If there’s a problem she’s having and she needs her dad, she does not have that anymore.”
For more on the protests following the death of George Floyd, watch the clip below: