African-American George Floyd, 46, has finally been laid to rest in his hometown of Huston after a series of memorial services held this week by his family in wake of his brutal killing by police a fortnight ago.
Crowds descended on the Fountain of Praise Church in Houston, Texas, after Floyd’s body was returned to his childhood hometown to be laid to rest in a cemetery in suburban Pearland next to his mother, whom he called out for as he lay dying with a police officer’s knee on his neck for nearly eight minutes, his final moments filmed on phones.
George Floyd’s life was celebrated at his funeral on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, with eulogies that honored him as a father, brother, athlete and mentor whose death sparked a global reckoning over police brutality and racial prejudice.
His final funeral, led by Rev. Al Sharpton, was attended by dignities across the US and characterized by sadness and tributaries from siblings, celebrities and politicians. The Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, addressed the service in a video message, saying: “When there is justice for George Floyd, we will truly be on our way to racial justice in America.”
‘Black Lives Matter’ demonstrations have
taken place across the world since Floyd
was killed by police officer Derek Chauvin in May.
See photos from the funeral below:
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