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George Floyd’s 4-Year-Old Niece Shot While Sleeping in Houston Home on New Year's Day

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George Floyd’s four-year-old great-niece is in stable condition after surviving a New Year’s Day gun attack on her family home.

Arianna Delane, the daughter of his niece, Bianca Williams, whose mother is George's sister, LaTonya — was hit in the torso when a hail of bullets was unleashed into her Houston apartment at around 2:50 a.m. Saturday.

Delane, who was one of four adults and two children at the home when the shooting occurred, was hit in the torso. Her father, Derrick Delane, told Houston’s ABC 13 that his daughter was asleep in the bed when she was shot.

“My daughter jumped up and said she had been hit,” said Delane of Arianna, who suffered from a punctured liver, lung, and had several broken ribs because of the shooting. “I [saw] the blood, the bleeding, and I grabbed her.”

Arianna, along with her family, was front-and-center at several rallies and marches to call for justice for her uncle’s death. Former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin, who held his knee on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds in May 2020, was convicted of murder in June 2021 and sentenced to over 20 years in prison.

The Houston Police Department said in a statement that there is no suspect description or motive in the shooting.

“The investigation into the senseless shooting of the 4-year-old female at 3322 Yellowstone Boulevard on Saturday morning (January 1) continues to move forward,” HPD Chief Troy Finner said. “I am aware and have concerns regarding the delayed response time in this incident and have initiated an Internal Affairs Investigation. I ask the city to continue to pray for the child’s full recovery and assist in providing information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect or suspects responsible.”

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