Too often, the stories of lives lost become headlines we scroll through and statistics that end up in a heap of numbers. But we need to remember who they are; we need to know 46-year-old George Floyd.
He was choked to death by the knee of a police officer in Minneapolis on Monday. While most Americans know him through cell phone footage capturing his final moments, others—particularly those in ministry in his hometown of Houston—knew him to be a “person of peace” who, for decades, mentored young men living in rough areas, according to Christianity Today.
“He said, ‘I love what you’re doing. The neighborhood need it, the community need it, and if y’all about God’s business, then that’s my business,’” recalled hip-hop artist Corey Paul Davis, a personal friend of Floyd’s. “He said, ‘Whatever y’all need, wherever y’all need to go, tell ’em Floyd said y’all good. I got y’all.’”
Standing more than six-feet-tall, he was known as “Big Floyd” to his friends.