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#George Floyd’s 6-year-old daughter still doesn’t know how her dad died

George Floyd’s 6-year-old daughter still doesn’t know how her dad died

June 3, 2020 | 12:24pm

George Floyd’s 6-year-old daughter has only been told that her dad died “because he couldn’t breathe,” as her mother tries to protect her from the truth that has sparked national outrage.

Mom Roxie Washington told Good Morning America Wednesday that Floyd’s daughter, Gianna, misses her dad but is not aware that he died in an encounter with Minneapolis police on Memorial Day, when viral footage shows him pinned by a cop’s knee while pleading for air.

“She said, ‘I hear them. I hear them say my daddy’s name,’” Washington told GMA’s Eva Pilgrim. “And I told her, she doesn’t know, I told her that her dad died because he couldn’t breathe.”

She said Floyd adored his little girl, and had moved to Minneapolis to help provide her a better life.

One video played during Wednesday’s interview shows Gianna on her father’s shoulders, saying, “Daddy changed the world.”

“Kind of I miss him,” Gianna said on GMA. “He played with me.”

“She didn’t have to play with nobody else,” Washington said. “Because daddy was gonna play with her all day long. I mean, that was his baby. He loved his little girl.”

Washington recalled learning of Floyd’s death on TV after getting a call about the incident and turning on the TV.

“I watched it only for a moment because I was like, ‘I can’t believe,’” she sobbed. “I couldn’t believe that somebody was doing him like that. I wish I could’ve been there to help him.”

Protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Minneapolis

George Floyd’s 6-year-old daughter, Gianna, is embraced by her mother, Roxie Washington, at Minneapolis City Hall on Tuesday.

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George Floyd, who died in Minneapolis police custody, is seen with his daughter Gianna in an undated family photo

George and Gianna Floyd

via REUTERS

George Floyd, who died in Minneapolis police custody, is seen with his daughter Gianna in an undated family photo

George and Gianna Floyd

via REUTERS

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“My heart is broke for my baby,” Washington said. “It’s broke.”

At one point during the interview, Gianna announced: “I know what I want to be when I grow up. I want to be a doctor. I want to take care of people.”

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