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North Carolina murder suspect falsely tied to George Floyd

April 12, 2021 GMT

CLAIM: George Floyd’s younger brother Dejywan Floyd was arrested for murder in North Carolina. 

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. George Floyd, who died while being handcuffed and pinned to the ground by Minneapolis police, does not have a younger brother named Dejywan. Robeson County sheriff, Burnis Wilkins, in North Carolina said he is aware of no connection between the suspect and George Floyd, noting that the last name “Floyd” is common in the area. 

THE FACTS: As Philonise Floyd, 39, George Floyd’s brother, testified on Monday in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged in Floyd’s death, erroneous claims circulated on social media saying Floyd’s younger brother had been arrested for murder in North Carolina. 

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“Why isn’t this on the NEWS Channels? George Floyd’s younger brother, Dejywan Floyd, has been arrested in North Carolina for a ‘road rage’ shooting of a white couple, killing the mother of six sitting in the passenger seat,” a Facebook post circulating on Monday falsely stated. 

The Associated Press reported April 1 that Dejywan Floyd, 29, a North Carolina man, was charged with first-degree murder in the March 25 fatal shooting of Julie Eberly, 47, of Manheim, Pennsylvania. Eberly and her husband were driving to the beach when Floyd allegedly fired multiple shots from his car into Eberly’s car on Interstate 95, just north of Lumberton. Ryan Eberly was not injured.

Wilkins told The Associated Press that he is not aware of any relation between Dejywan Floyd and George Floyd. 

“We have no information at all to confirm this is true nor do we have reason to check into it as it’s not related to our case,” Wilkins said in an email. “We have seen the rumor ourselves. The last name Floyd is very common in our county and surrounding area.” 

An obituary for George Floyd also makes no mention of a sibling named Dejywan. According to the obituary, George Floyd is survived by sisters: Zsa-Zsa Floyd, LaTonya Floyd, Bridgett Floyd, stepsisters: Camisha Carter and Constance Carter, brothers: Terrance Floyd, Philonise Floyd and Rodney Floyd, and stepbrothers: Deldrick Carter and Adrian Carter. 

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The AP also reached out to Ben Crump and Antonio Romanucci, civil rights attorneys representing the Floyd family, but did not receive a response from either.

Prosecutors’ case against Chauvin drew toward a close Monday with tender memories from  Floyd’s younger brother and testimony from a police use-of-force expert who said no “reasonable” officer would have done what Chauvin did.

Chauvin, 45, who is white, is charged with murder and manslaughter. He is accused of pinning Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, to the pavement for what prosecutors said was 9 minutes, 29 seconds. Floyd was arrested after being accused of trying to pass a counterfeit $20 bill at a convenience store.

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This is part of The Associated Press’ ongoing effort to fact-check misinformation that is shared widely online, including work with Facebook to identify and reduce the circulation of false stories on the platform.


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