After almost a year of George Floyd’s killing, the former police officer Derek Chauvin was decreed “guilty of murder” and sentenced to 40 years in prison in April 2021. And as mollified as George’s family were, there was someone even more solaced by the verdict — the teenager who videotaped the incident, Darnella Frazier.
So, who is she? Learn all about her as this Darnella Frazier wiki proceeds.
Darnella Frazier George Floyd Video, Testimony
Darnella Frazier was the one who captured the controversial video of George Floyd being “murdered” by Derek Chauvin. Immediately after the video surfaced, she received plenty of hate for recording the officer suffocating George instead of intervening.
Even during her testimony against the police officer, Darnella shared that she was traumatized “watching the man die”, moreover — “Everybody’s asking me how do I feel? I don’t know how to feel, ’cause it’s so sad.”
She went on to add,
“When I look at George Floyd, I look at my dad. I look at my brothers, I look at my cousins, my uncles because they are all Black. I look at how that could have been one of them. I’ve stayed up nights apologizing to George Floyd for not doing more and not physically interacting and not saving his life. But it’s not what I should have done. It’s what he [Chauvin] should have done.”
After justice was delivered, Darnella was finally hailed as George Floyd’s ultimate hero over the internet. To express her contentment, Darnella even took it to her socials to write,
“I just cried so hard. This last hour my heart was beating so fast, I was so anxious, anxiety bussing through the roof. But to know GUILTY ON ALL 3 CHARGES !!! THANK YOU GOD THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU George Floyd we did it!! Justice has been served”
Is She Getting A Nobel Peace Prize?
As of June 2021, there was no news about Darnella Frazier getting the Nobel Peace Prize. However, the demand over the internet to honor her with the title was high! People claimed that we needed to acknowledge the amount of trauma and internet backlash she went through, and provide her with the Nobel Peace Prize, or something equivalent!
Though she might not have received the Nobel Peace Prize then, Darnella was already awarded the 2020 PEN/Benenson Courage Award from PEN America, presented to her by Spike Lee.
Talking about the “trauma” she faced, Darnella had to go through a series of therapy to help her recover. She witnessed George’s death firsthand, moreover, received hate for the whole incident, which just seemed unfair. According to her mother, Darnella already suffered from social anxiety, and after the backlash, it just got worst.
A GoFundMe campaign titled “The OFFICIAL Peace and Healing for Darnella Fund” was even organized by Mica Cole Kamenski and Angela Shelby to help Darnella. It raised over $614 thousand the last time we checked on 21st April 2021, which far exceeded its goal of $500 thousand.
In June 2021, Darnella won an honorary Pulitzer. Previously, the mayor of St. Paul, Minn., Melvin Carter had suggested she should win a Pulitzer Prize for taping George Floyd’s murder.
Darnella Frazier Age
Nashville, Tennessee native, Darnella Frazier was 17 years of age when she witnessed and recorded George Floyd’s murder in 2020.
Before 2021, she was lived in Kingston, Jamaica.
Darnella Frazier Parents
As Darnella Frazier struggled all through the George Floyd incident, it was her parents who shelled her from the media frenzy. They even abandoned their house in South Minneapolis and relocated to an undisclosed spot to avoid constant attention and strangers coming to their door.
Although her father was far from home at the time, Darnella’s mother LaTangie Gillespie (born Nov 18, 1982) spoke to various media about the ordeal her daughter was facing.
Aside from Darnella, they bear at least three other kids — two sons, and a daughter named KaeeHoneyy who was a brand ambassador of PureautyNaturals, and Rutonuy Blue light Protectant glasses.
Is She On Instagram And Facebook?
Yes, Darnella was followed by 150K people over Instagram @darnella_frazier03, and 33.5K followers over Facebook @darnellareallprettymarie.
Also, find her on Youtube under the channel named “Life As DF”.
Darnella Frazier Net Worth
Darnella Frazier’s net worth was under $1 million in 2021.
She shared that she didn’t want to be just “the girl who recorded George Floyd’s death”; rather she wanted to be known as “a 17-year-old girl, who just wants to live life like everyone else.” So, what was the then “17-year-old girl” doing? Well, after overcoming the “trauma”, she started working as a Motivational Speaker and was looking forward to attending an HBCU.
An HBCU Alumni Unite Group was campaigning to raise $150,000 for Darnella to have a full scholarship to an HBCU college. As of 21st April 2021, it had raised $7.5 thousand.
For high school, Darnella attended Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis, MN, and would be graduating in 2021. During her time there, Darnella was also involved with the Roosevelt varsity basketball team, where she played the position of guard.
Darnella Frazier Boyfriend
Darnella Frazier was with her boyfriend when she filmed the George Floyd video in 2020. Her attorney Seth Cobin said that Darnella wasn’t looking to be a hero, rather she was “just a 17-year-old high school student, with a boyfriend and a job at the mall, who did the right thing.”
As of 2021, Darnella had her Facebook status labeled “in a relationship”; which indicated the two were still together.
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Last modified: June 11, 2021