George Floyd’s seven year-old daughter Gianna was given a bedroom makeover as a Christmas treat (Picture: KTRK)
The daughter of a black security guard whose death at the hands of police triggered worldwide Black Lives Matter protests was given a bedroom makeover. George Floyd’s daughter Gianna, 7, was treated to the surprise by interior designer Lauren Ashley, who carried out the work at Gianna’s home in Houston, Texas.
The little girl’s new room features artistic black and white walls, broken-up with artful splashes of color. Gianna was also given a comfortable new bed, complete with a powder pink headboard, and stylish furniture accented in gold, as well as a wall-mounted white neon sign which reads ‘You go girl!’
Her late father was memorialized in a painting of his face on a piece of furniture, captioned ‘George Floyd: Say My Name.’ Gianna was shown her new room earlier this week, and was instantly taken, saying: ‘Wow, I love it.’
Ashley said she spent months planning the makeover, and hopes it will help Gianna heal. She told KTRK: ‘Oh, my God. She’s been through so much, and even what I did can’t compare to anything, but I wanted to do as much as I can and make it as special as I could for her so she would have a place of peace that she would enjoy coming to.
‘It gave me peace to know that she enjoyed it, and she loved it as she walked through and got to see all the different things because it’s a lot to take in with all the paint and the colors on the wall.
‘Just to hear her say it’s pretty and that she enjoyed it. I don’t need anything else this year.’
Floyd was killed while being arrested by officers from Minneapolis Police Department on May 25. Officer Derek Chauvin was filmed kneeling on his neck for eight minutes, 46 seconds while Floyd cried ‘I can’t breathe.’
Police were called to a convenience store over claims Floyd had tried to pay for groceries with a counterfeit $20. Footage of his death sparked worldwide revulsion.
Chauvin has since been charged with second-degree murder, with his three colleagues also charged over Floyd’s death. They are due to stand trial next year.
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