BRYAN, Texas (KBTX/CNN) — Tensions escalated across the country as protesters decried police brutality following George Floyd’s death last week.
But some are calling for peaceful demonstrations, including some of Floyd’s children.
Hundreds of people were at a Black Lives Matter demonstration on Sunday in downtown Bryan, Texas, including Quincy Mason-Floyd, one of George Floyd’s sons.
“I’m really excited about all this. Everyone is coming out and showing him love. I love this. My heart is really touched by all this,” said Quincy.
Floyd and his sister, Connie Mason, moved from Houston to Bryan with their mother more than 15 years ago.
Floyd said he was a young child, about four or five, when he last saw his father.
It wasn’t until after Memorial Day, when news of George Floyd’s death in police custody.
“I didn’t recognize who it was until mom called and told me. She said, ‘Do you know who that guy was?’ I said no. She said, ‘That’s your father,” said Quincy.
Floyd says people here in Bryan-College Station have been surprised to learn about the local connection to this international story.
He says some people at first questioned it.
“They kept asking, ‘Do you have any proof?’ and I said yeah, look at my face and look at his face. You can tell,” said Quincy.
Both Floyd and his sister praised local protesters for hosting peaceful demonstrations and denounced the violence that has unfolded in other cities.
“The violence is not the right way to do it. Now this is beautiful. But the violence, it won’t solve nothing,” said Connie.
“Tearing up things, it’s not going to solve anything. My dad is in peace and we have to be the ones to deal with all this stress. It’s going to be tough to get over this day by day,” said Quincy.
The two plan to be in Houston on Monday to visit with other members of the extended family and hope to have news to share soon about funeral arrangements for Floyd, who will be buried in the Houston area.
Services are being planned by the Fort Bend Memorial Planning center in Rosharon.
Details have not been released at this time.