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George Floyd was a former student at Texas A&M-Kingsville

George Floyd
Posted at 1:28 PM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-30 15:05:10-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS — KRIS 6 News has learned that George Floyd attended Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

He was a student there in 1995, 1996, and part of 1997, but he did not graduate.

Members with the Texas A&I Alumni Association are expressing their condolences to the family of a man who was killed after an incident with Minneapolis police officers.

George Floyd died in police custody Monday night after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes as the 46-year-old gasped for breath with his face against the pavement.

A bystander recorded a video of the officer pressing his knee on Floyd's neck, which was quickly circulated on social media. The incident has caused backlash and protests from the Minneapolis community.

The Texas A&I Alumni Association posted on their Facebook page that George Floyd was a former student at Texas A&I University.

The group ended their message by stating, "Condolences to all his friends and family during this very difficult time."

After growing up in the Third Ward of Houston, graduated from Yates High School. He received a basketball scholarship to Florida State University, but never played for the Seminoles.

He then returned to Texas and briefly attended Texas A&M University Kingsville, where he had planned to play football for the Javelinas. He never saw action during his tenure there.

That led to his return to Houston, where he was a member of the popular rap group Screwed Up Click, according to the Houston Chronicle.

He moved to Minneapolis in 2018 after struggling to find work in his hometown.