Thousands gathered at a Houston church Monday to pay their last respects to George Floyd, a day earlier than he’s due to be buried subsequent to his mom in his Texas hometown.
For 5 hours the mourners — starting from common residents to prime authorities leaders and celebrities — filed into the Fountain of Reward Church and previous Floyd’s casket, greater than two weeks after Floyd died whereas being pinned down by Minneapolis police.
His demise has sparked worldwide protests and requires racial justice.
“George Floyd goes to change the arc of the US,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott mentioned, in accordance to CNN. “George Floyd has not died in useless. His life will likely be a dwelling legacy about the best way America and Texas reply to this tragedy.”
Among the many attendees have been Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, actor Kevin Hart, rappers Ludacris and Grasp P, and civil rights leaders, the Rev. Al Sharpton and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the outlet mentioned.
Floyd, 46, grew up in Houston’s Third Ward.
“He was the primary one that all people seemed up to in our neighborhood as a result of he was the primary one to get a scholarship to go and play basketball or soccer when he needed to,” mentioned his brother, Philonise Floyd, in accordance to CNN.
Residents waited outdoors for hours to pay their last respects, with coronavirus social-distancing restrictions limiting entry to 15 at a time.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate, met with the Floyd household earlier within the day.
The memorial got here on the identical day that Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis cop charged with homicide in Floyd’s case, made his first court docket look since being charged. He was ordered held on $1 million bail with out launch restrictions, and $1.25 million with no restrictions.