George Floyd’s second tragedy


Two years ago on May 25, 2020, George Floyd was murdered by a police officer after a store clerk suspected him of trying to use a counterfeit $20 bill in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The story became national news and sparked many protests. On New Year’s Day 2022, George Floyd’s four-year-old niece, Arriana Delane, was shot in a Houston apartment while she was sleeping. On Tuesday, January 4th, the Houston Police announced that several shots were fired around three in the morning while four adults and two kids occupied the apartment building.
One of the children shot was Arianna Delane, who was identified by her relatives. Arianna was shot in the torso while she was asleep in her bed after someone opened fire at her Houston home. Although there was a child and four adults in the same apartment, Arianna was the only one who suffered injuries. Arianna endured a punctured lung and liver along with three broken ribs.
Arianna’s father, Derrick Delane, described the mortifying incident stating, “My daughter jumped up and said she had been hit.” He said, “I [saw] the blood, the bleeding, and I grabbed her.” After he grabbed her, Arianna’s mother drove them to the hospital. When Arianna arrived, she went into surgery for her injuries.
The Chief of the Houston Police, Troy Finner, opened an investigation at the Houston Police Station. In an interview on January 4th, Finner spoke out saying, “I am aware and have concerns regarding the delayed response time in this incident and have initiated an Internal Affairs investigation.” He asked the city to continue to pray for Arianna’s full recovery and assist in providing information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect or suspects responsible.
The sister of George Floyd, LaTonya Floyd, told People Magazine that she’d spoken to her niece over video chat while she recovered. “She’s doing fantastic,” LaTonya told the magazine.
“She’s a TikTok queen,” LaTonya continued. “She livens it up. She wants to be a dancer. She loves music. She loves to sing. She’s good in school. She’s only four and she goes to a big girl school. She is sweet. A wonderful little girl. Wonderful.” As of the latest updates, Arianna is healing from the broken ribs and doing great. Regarding the investigation, there has been no further progress.
Butterfield, M. (2022, January 6). George Floyd’s 4-year-old niece, Arianna Delane, shot while sleeping in her bed. Global News.
da Silva, C. (2022, January 5). George Floyd’s niece, 4, shot on New Year’s Day while sleeping in Houston apartment. NBC News.