George Floyd’s girlfriend was Daunte Wright’s high school teacher, it has emerged, in a tragic link between the two families.
Courteney Ross spoke of her connection to the 20-year-old after appearing at a joint press conference with the Floyds and the Wrights and attorney Ben Crump on Tuesday.
Her boyfriend George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis in May last year after cop Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck while Daunte Wright was shot dead by officer Kimberly Potter during a traffic stop in a city suburb Sunday.
Both deaths sparked violent protests in the city.
Ross, who had been with Floyd for three years until his death on May 25 last year, had worked as a dean at Edison High School while Wright was in attendance there.
Courteney Ross, girlfriend of George Floyd, speaks with Daunte Wright’s mother, Katie Wright, before the start of a press conference at the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota on April 13
Edison High School, pictured above, which Wright had attended while Courteney Ross was working there
He was a ‘silly boy, as goofy as can be,’ and ‘needed a lot of love,’ Ross told the Washington Post.
‘Students like Daunte needed more resources but they never got more resources,’ she told the publication.
‘Our system doesn’t serve kids like Daunte. And now I’m seeing, more than ever, this system I once believed in, we’re done doing what we need to be doing to protect Black life.’
Floyd died on May 25, 2020 after white police officer Derek Chauvin, who has been charged with murder, put his knee on Floyd’s neck for several minutes as he lay handcuffed on the pavement, gasping that he couldn’t breathe.
Three other Minneapolis police officers – Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao – were charged with aiding and abetting murder in Floyd’s death.
Ross, who had been with Floyd for three years until his death on May 25 last year, had worked as a dean at Edison High School while Wright was in attendance there. Ross pictured with Floyd above
Daunte Wright, pictured above, was killed by veteran cop Kimberly Potter on Sunday
Daunte Wright was killed by veteran cop Kimberly Potter on Sunday.
His killing, just 10 miles from the scene of George Floyd’s death last May in Minneapolis, has led to unrest in Minnesota and nationwide. The trial of Derek Chauvin, the first of four police officers charged in Floyd’s death, is ongoing in the city.
Potter – who resigned from the force Tuesday – is said to have confused her gun with a taser when she shot at Daunte Wright, 20, in Brooklyn Center on Sunday.
Katie Wright, center right, the mother of Daunte Wright, is embraced by George Floyd’s girlfriend, Courteney Ross, center left, before a news conference outside the Hennepin County Government Center on Tuesday
Courteney Ross, George Floyd’s girlfriend, meets Katie Wright, the mother of Daunte Wright, before a press conference outside the Hennepin County Government Center on April 13
Outside the Brooklyn Center’s heavily guarded police headquarters in Minneapolis, Tuesday, ‘Murderapolis’ was scrawled with black spray paint on a concrete barrier.
‘Daunte Wright! Say his name!’ the crowd chanted. ‘No justice, no peace! Prosecute the police!’
There were no reports of looting Tuesday.
A group of protesters marched to the Brooklyn Center FBI building from the Brooklyn Center Police Department as the evening went on.
Minnesota State Patrol Colonel Matt Langer said at a midnight press conference: ‘As the evening unfolded, the event devolved.’ Officials said bricks and cans were thrown at cops.
Protestors clash with police outside of Brooklyn Center Police Station Tuesday. More than a 1,000 protestors had arrived by early evening. Wright’s killing, just 10 miles from the scene of George Floyd’s death last May in Minneapolis, has led to unrest in Minnesota and nationwide. The trial of Derek Chauvin, the first of four police officers charged in Floyd’s death, is ongoing
As the mayor spoke earlier on Tuesday, Wright’s relatives and supporters assembled near the Minneapolis courthouse where Chauvin is standing trial, and recounted for reporters the anguish of his death at the age of 20.
Wright, who struggled with a learning disability and dropped out of high school, was remembered as a good-natured, loving man who worked multiple jobs to support his 2-year-old son.
Floyd’s two brothers appeared at the news conference along with Floyd’s girlfriend, Courteney Ross, who embraced Wright’s mother, Katie, where she revealed she had once taught Daunte Wright in school.