Protests are planned for the weekend over the death of George Floyd, including one in Lake Arthur, where his death hit very close to home.
Devante Duhon, Chris Jones, and Mike Beverly remember George Floyd as a "gentle giant."
Floyd and his family would visit Lake Arthur and spend time with his extended family.
"He was just always there, always stayed at our house, made sure that we were okay and if we needed anything he was always a phone call away," said Duhon.
"You never judge a book by it's cover. Just because he had a big frame, he had a big heart inside too, so you know it goes both ways," said Jones.
When they first saw the headlines and video of Floyd, they couldn't believe it was him.
"I'm still in shock to the whole situation but everything happens for a reason and like his 6-year-old daughter said he daddy changed the world," said Beverly.
"I haven't really been sleeping that much to be honest with you. It's just like I've been picturing his image in my head. I toss and turn. It's hard on a person, it's different when you hear about it and when you see it for yourself. It's just a whole different perspective," said Jones.
As they continue to honor his life and remember his words of wisdom, they'll miss the routine check ins over the years, they hope Saturday's event will be part protest, part celebration of life.
"We just pray that everybody keeps the focus and not stray away from it. Know that we need to bring justice but let's just do it the right way for him," said Duhon.
The rally in Lake Arthur is set for 4 P.M. at Lake Arthur Park. Other protests are planned in New Iberia and Lafayette.
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