George Floyd’s aunt said Wednesday that the family is “so eternally grateful” to the teenager who shot the video showing him being murdered by ex-cop Derek Chauvin.
“Without her video, that event of 9 minutes 29 seconds wouldn’t be a story,” Angela Harrelson told “Good Morning Britain” of the harrowing footage recorded by then-17-year-old Darnella Frazier.
“It would be another black man killed by police but nobody would really know why. My nephew would be dead [but] it would just be everything back to normal. He’d be just another statistic.
“That video meant everything,” said Harrelson, co-chair of the George Floyd Global Memorial at the site of his murder in Minneapolis.
The footage was a “major breaking point” in “defining the truth” as to how Floyd, 46, died while pinned by ex-cop Chauvin, Harrelson told the UK show.
“The way this thing affected the whole world, people were moved around the world,” she said. “They knew what they saw.”
She hailed Frazier for being “so brave” and recording the traumatic ordeal.
“She was scared, she was nervous, but she held it,” she said of the camera recording footage watched around the world.
“She held on, and the family are so eternally grateful to her,” she said.
Frazier, 18, wrote late Tuesday how she “cried so hard” when the three guilty verdicts were read out against Chauvin.
“George Floyd we did it!! justice has been served,” she added, along with prayer and heart emojis.
Last year, Frazier was the recipient of the Benenson Courage Award from PEN America, a leading literary and human rights organization.
“With nothing more than a cellphone and sheer guts, Darnella changed the course of history in this country,” PEN CEO Suzanne Nossel said in a statement.
“Without Darnella’s presence of mind and readiness to risk her own safety and well-being, we may never have known the truth about George Floyd’s murder,” Nossel added.