The wife of Derek Chauvin, the former police officer who has been arrested for the murder of George Floyd, has filed for divorce.
Attorneys representing Kellie Chauvin released a statement on Friday saying that she is seeking the “dissolution of her marriage” to Chauvin.
“She is devastated by Mr. Floyd’s death,” a statement read, according to the New York Post. “Her utmost sympathy lies with his family, his loved ones and with everyone who is grieving.”
Through her attorney wife of former Officer Derek Chauvin the former Minneapolis Police Officer charged with murdering #GeorgeFloyd released a statement saying she is devastated by Floyd’s death, sends condolences to his family and is divorcing her husband @wcco pic.twitter.com/A5n7bYgdbK
— esme murphy (@esmemurphy) May 30, 2020
“She has filed for dissolution of her marriage,” it continued.
Derek and Kellie have no children together, and it is unclear at this time how long they have been married. Derek was arrested on Friday for his involvement in the death of Floyd, who tragically died in police custody on Monday, Video has since gone viral showing Derek kneeling on Floyd’s neck as he desperately tells the officer that he can’t breath.
Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee into George Floyd’s neck for about 8 minutes, has been charged with murder and manslaughter. Prosecutors said the investigation into 3 other officers at the scene is ongoing. https://t.co/tRX8Riyhg6 pic.twitter.com/2AMkFB2VH5
— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 29, 2020
Newsweek reported that Kellie was crowned United States of America’s Mrs. Minnesota in 2018, and at the time, she opened up about her husband.
“Under all that uniform, he’s just a softie,” Kellie said of Derek. “He’s such a gentleman. He still opens the door for me, still puts my coat on for me. After my divorce, I had a list of must-haves if I were ever to be in a relationship, and he fit all of them.”
Kellie was born in Laos in 1974, and her family fled to Thailand three years later, living in a refugee camp there before moving to Wisconsin in 1980.
“They say ‘land of the free,’ but I still didn’t feel like we were free,” Kellie said. “We didn’t know English. My parents didn’t want us leaving the house because they didn’t trust the world. You land into this brand-new world and you don’t know what to expect, and so we were always kept inside.”