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Teen who recorded George Floyd’s last moments lauded by Floyd’s family, countless strangers

FILE - This May 25, 2020, file image from a police body camera shows bystanders including Alyssa Funari, left filming, Charles McMillan, center left in light colored shorts, Christopher Martin center in gray, Donald Williams, center in black, Genevieve Hansen, fourth from right filming, Darnella Frazier, third from right filming, as former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was recorded pressing his knee on George Floyd's neck for several minutes in Minneapolis. To the prosecution, the witnesses who watched Floyd's body go still were regular people -- a firefighter, a mixed martial arts fighter, a high school student and her 9-year-old cousin in a T-shirt emblazoned with the word "Love." (Minneapolis Police Department via AP, File via CNN)

(CNN) — If not for Darnella Frazier’s quick thinking, Derek Chauvin might still be a Minneapolis police officer.

Instead, Chauvin is behind bars, convicted of two counts of murder and one count of manslaughter after kneeling on George Floyd’s neck for more than 9 minutes.

Now the teen who stood firm capturing George Floyd’s final moments for the world to see is overcome with emotion and praise after Chauvin’s convictions Tuesday.

“I just cried so hard,” Frazier posted on Facebook.

“I was so anxious … But to know GUILTY ON ALL 3 CHARGES !!! THANK YOU GOD THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. George Floyd we did it!! justice has been served.”

Floyd’s aunt Angela Harrellson praised Frazier, who was 17 when she captured the footage that proved to be damning in Chauvin’s trial.

“The sad thing is if it hadn’t been for that 17-year-old girl Darnella, it would have been another black man that was killed by the police … and they would have said, ‘Oh, it was drugs, oh it was this,'” Harrellson said.

“And we would never have had the story we would have. And wouldn’t be here today talking.”

Minneapolis Gov. Tim Walz publicly thanked Frazier and her “humanity.”

“Taking that video is maybe the only reason Derek Chauvin will go to prison,” Walz said.

Oprah Winfrey also thanked Frazier and the jury.

“I cried tears of joy when the verdict was read,” Winfrey tweeted. “I’m grateful to the witnesses and their testimonies. Grateful to Darnella Frazier. Grateful to every Juror for seeing and acknowledging what the world saw on that tape. Thank you God for real!”

Frazier replied to thousands of people who thanked her on social media.

“I can’t reply to all of your beautiful comments as I wish to, but THANK YOU all of you,” she wrote. “The support I had since day one carried me a long way so thank you again.”

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