Story at a glance
- A GoFundMe fundraiser for George Floyd’s family has surpassed $12.5 million.
- The fundraiser started with a goal of $1.5 million.
- The official George Floyd memorial fund was started by his brother, Philonise Floyd, to pay for the family’s legal and travel expenses, as well as to support and educate Floyd’s children.
A GoFundMe fundraiser set up for the family of George Floyd, the black man who died in Minneapolis at the hands of police, has gone above and beyond its $1.5 million goal.
The official George Floyd memorial fund was started by his brother, Philonise Floyd, to pay for the family’s legal and travel expenses, as well as to support and educate Floyd’s children.
As of Thursday afternoon, the online fundraiser had raised more than $12.5 million from more than 469,000 donors in seven days.
“This fund is established to cover funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counseling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings, and to assist our family in the days to come as we continue to seek justice for George,” Philonise Floyd wrote on the GoFundMe page. “A portion of these funds will also go to the Estate of George Floyd for the benefit and care of his children and their educational fund.”
A separate GoFundMe account specifically for George Floyd’s daughter has raised more than $1.4 million of its $1.5 million goal in two days. The online fundraiser says it’s to “help provide for the needs of his 6-year-old daughter Gianna Floyd."
George Floyd died on Memorial Day after a now-former Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes, as Floyd pleaded with the officer he couldn’t breathe. Cellphone video of the incident ignited widespread outrage and days of demonstrations in many cities across the country and around the world, and put the issue of racial injustice in the U.S. to the forefront.
All four officers involved in George Floyd’s arrest have been taken into custody and are facing charges.
Derek Chauvin, the officer who pinned George Floyd to the ground with his knee, is charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The three other officers are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder in connection with the death of Floyd in their custody.
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