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George Floyd’s brother sheds tears on the stand

April 12, 2021 Updated Mon., April 12, 2021 at 1:56 p.m.

By Amy Forliti, Steve Karnowski and Tammy Webber Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — George Floyd’s brother shed tears on the witness stand Monday as he was shown a picture of his late mother and a young George.

“That’s my oldest brother George. I miss both of them,” 39-year-old Philonise Floyd said at the murder trial of former Officer Derek Chauvin, accused of killing Floyd by putting his knee on the Black man’s neck during an arrest last May.

Philonise Floyd described growing up in a poor area of Houston with George and their other siblings.

“He used to make the best banana mayonnaise sandwiches. And he used to make the best syrup sandwiches because George couldn’t cook, he couldn’t boil water,” he said.

He said that as a child, George used to mark his height on the wall, because he loved sports and wanted to grow taller.

Philonise Floyd took the stand as part of an effort by prosecutors to humanize his brother in front of the jury and make him more than a crime statistic.

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