By Zoë Jackson
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis couple Lex and Celina Berndt did not expect to marry after just a four-month engagement.
Celina, 24, popped the question on Valentine’s Day, with an idyllic backdrop of a beach in Puerto Rico.
“We went to a rooftop restaurant on the beach, and Celina took me up to the second floor overlooking the ocean and proposed. It was really cute. They already knew I was going to say yes,” Lex said.
The couple had envisioned a two-year engagement, after Lex, 25, wrapped up studies. But when George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police on Memorial Day, their plans shifted drastically. After weeks of protests and activism, the couple married in front of the burned-out Third Precinct police station, on the 51st anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York City.
The Third Precinct station was the focus of protests because it was where the officers who killed Floyd worked. The precinct has had a reputation for being home to renegade cops.