Gianna Floyd, the daughter of George Floyd, provided an amazing and heartbreaking statement via video to the court Friday, ahead of Derek Chauvin’s sentencing. In the statement, Gianna expressed that she missed her father, who was murdered last year.
“I miss you and I love you,” the 7-year-old girl said to the camera, which was shown before the court midday Friday. The video showed Chauvin, who was wearing a mask, as the little girl expressed the sorrow she feels. The Minneapolis police officer was convicted of murdering Gianna Floyd’s father, whom the girl says she misses dearly.
“I want to play with him, have fun, go on a plane ride,” she admitted. She then explained that “we used to have dinner every single night before we went to bed. My daddy always used to help me brush my teeth.”
Since the murder of Mr. Floyd on May 25, 2020, Gianna has made public appearances in which she expressed how hard it’s been without her father. She missed her father’s memorial service last June because she was finding it hard to cope with her father’s death. Now, Gianna Floyd is trending on Twitter, after making her family impact statement to the court.
In the video, Gianna says that she knows that “mean people” had done something to her father, though she doesn’t call them by name. Then, when asked what she would say to her father if she could speak to him again, the 7-year-old replied: “I miss you and I love you.”
Derek Chauvin, who was present in the court when the video was played, was found guilty in April of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. His victim, George Floyd, died after Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes. The former Minneapolis police officer ignored Floyd’s pleas for air during the arrest. Chauvin was taking Floyd into custody for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill.
The judge will sentence Derek Chauvin today, Friday, and legal experts expect the former officer to face decades in prison. In another impact statement, George Floyd’s nephew, Brandon Williams, requested that Chauvin be handed the maximum sentence.
“Although Chauvin will be sentenced today and spend time in prison, he will have the luxury of seeing his family again, talking to them, he will likely get to spend time with them upon his release,” Williams said. “George’s murder, this trial, and everything in between has been tragically devastating, our family is forever broken and one thing we cannot get back is George Floyd.”
Gianna Floyd has made few public appearances since her father’s death. Her name made headlines after she missed Floyd’s memorial service last June. Roxie Washington, Gianna’s mother, explained that her daughter – who was six at the time – didn’t want to go.
“Gianna said, ‘Well, is he going to be alive?’” Washington recalled. “And I said, ‘I told you your daddy is in heaven now,’ and she said, ‘If he’s not alive, then I’m not going.”
Roxie Washington continued, saying that “I ask God to give me her pain because I don’t want her to feel it.” Gianna was spotlighted during a press conference on June 9 of last year, when she stood next to her mom, who told attendees that “[George Floyd] will never see her grow up, graduate, he will never walk her down the aisle. If there’s a problem she’s having and she needs her dad, she does not have that anymore.”
Washington said that “I’m here for my baby, and I’m here for George because I want justice for him. I want justice for him because he was good. No matter what anybody thinks, he was good. He loved [Gianna Floyd], he loved her so much.”
In that press conference, Washington explained that “I wanted everybody to know that this is what those officers took from me. At the end of the day, they get to go home and be with their families. Gianna does not have a father.”