News Update: Houston, TX: Family, friends and community say goodbye to George Floyd.

Houston, Texas: Family, friends and community gathered on Tuesday, June 9th, 2020 to say goodbye to George Floyd.

A funeral service took place at The Fountain of Praise church, a place of worship that Floyd’s family attended when he grew up, in his hometown of Houston.

Several hundred invited guests attended the funeral service, some asked to wear white by the family.

Dozens of Floyd’s family members, most dressed in white, were led into the sanctuary by the Reverend Al Sharpton, who delivered the eulogy.

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Those who attended the funeral service included Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Attorney Benjamin Crump, Slim Thug, Leela James, Paul Wall, Floyd Mayweather, Congressman Al Green, Bishop James Dixon, JJ Watt, Jaimie Foxx and Channing Tatum.

During the funeral service, gospel music was sung as a painting depicting George Floyd with angel wings and a halo was placed on stage next to loved ones as they shared memories of the 46-year-old father and brother, athlete and mentor, and now a force for change.

R&B singer Ne-Yo performed “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” and struggled to get through the performance and eventually had to have music play him out.

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In a recorded video played during the funeral service, former vice president Joe Biden offered both a heartfelt message to Floyd’s family and an impassioned plea for racial justice.

“For most people, the numbness you feel now, will slowly turn, day after day, season after season, into purpose through the memory of the one they lost. But for you, that day has come before you can fully grieve. Unlike most, you must grieve in public. It’s a burden, a burden that is now your purpose to change the world for the better in the name of George Floyd,” said former vice president Joe Biden.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner also offered remarks during the funeral service and announced that he would sign an executive order to ban the use of chokeholds by law enforcement.

“In this city, we will require de-escalation. In this city, you have to give a warning before you shoot. In this city, you have a duty to intervene. In this city, we will require comprehensive reporting,” said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner also proclaimed June 9 “George Perry Day” in the City of Houston.

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Family members of George Floyd spoke during the funeral service.

Floyd’s aunt, Kathleen McGee, told the crowd, “I would like to thank the whole world for what it has done for my family. The world knows George Floyd. But I know Perry Jr. He was a pesky little rascal, but we all loved him.”

George was raised in Houston’s Third Ward where he graduated in 1993 from Yates High School in Houston, where his friends remember him as a football and basketball star.

The 46 year old died while in the custody of Minneapolis Police Department last month, the incident captured on camera which sparked outrage, protests and even unrest in cities across America.

Floyd’s niece Brooke Williams delivered an impassioned speech, in which she called her uncle’s death “not just murder, but a hate crime.”

“I’m George Floyd’s niece and I can breathe. As long as I’m breathing, justice will be served for Perry. Someone said make America great again. But when has America ever been great?” said Brooke Williams.

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After the funeral service, Floyd’s procession will be escorted by the Houston Police Department to the Houston Memorial Gardens in Pearland.

Floyd’s body will be transported in a horse-drawn carriage for the last mile to his burial site, where he is being buried next to his mother.

Throughout the procession, crowds of people chanted Floyd’s name, all in the name for racial equality.

The funeral service concludes six days of memorials for Floyd that were held in Minneapolis, where he lived in recent years, and Raeford, North Carolina, near where he was born.


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