A man allegedly killed by a police officer in Minneapolis, Minn. last week, was a former student at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, officials confirmed.
George Floyd recently died after cellphone video revealed Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin allegedly kneeling on the back and neck of the 46-year-old.
Floyd repeated the phrase “I can’t breathe,” while being pinned down for nearly nine minutes.
Minneapolis police were responding to a call about a man using a counterfeit $20 bill.
The incident has since caused multiple protests in communities across the country.
Officials at TAMUK confirmed Floyd attended TAMUK from 1995-96, and attended the university for part of 1997.
The Javelina Alumni Association shared their condolences to the former Hoggie on their social media pages.
The Texas A&I Alumni association also expressed their grief.
“It’s our understanding that George Floyd was a former student at Texas A&I University. Several former Texas A&I Javelinas football players who are members of the Texas A&I Alumni Association have expressed their sorrow and emotions on social media,” they said on Facebook. “Rest in peace, George. Condolences to all his friends and family during this very difficult time.”
Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp issued a statement regarding Floyd’s death earlier this week.
“We are mourning with George Floyd’s family, not only because he was one of our own, as a former student of Texas A&M University-Kingsville, but also because his death is truly a national tragedy,” Sharp said. “
It is important we all re-double our efforts to treat everyone, regardless of color, with respect and inclusion in every facet of American life, including our university system.
“We at The Texas A&M University System are committed to this premise: We are all God’s children and deserving of the same respect and protections that should be afforded every American,” he said.