George Floyd to Be Laid to Rest in Houston Today


LISTEN NOW as mourners gather for the funeral of George Floyd in Houston.

Family and friends are gathered in Houston for George Floyd’s funeral to say their final goodbyes.

The private funeral began midday Tuesday at The Fountain of Praise Church, a day after Floyd’s visitation. Floyd’s golden casket was carried into the church by six men.

Five hundred people were allowed into the sanctuary. Those people will hear a eulogy by the Rev. Al Sharpton and remarks by Former Vice President, Joe Biden, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Congressman Al Green of Texas, and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas.

Family members of other Black men and women killed by police, including Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Breonna Taylor, are also at the funeral.

Services began on Monday afternoon where mourners gathered for a public viewing.

RADIO.COM has partnered with CBS News for continuing coverage of the funeral of George Floyd, live from Houston, Texas beginning at 12PM ET / 9AM PT on Tuesday June 9. Listen and watch below, or for free in the RADIO.COM app.

CNN reports that Floyd grew up in the city of Houston. He will be buried next to his mother, according to the Ford Bend Memorial Planning Center.

During Floyd’s public viewing on Monday at the Fountain of Praise Church in Houston, only 15 people were allowed inside the church at a time to comply with social distancing guidelines. Guests are permitted stay inside no more than 10 minutes after viewing the body, and are required to wear a mask and gloves.

A memorial service will begin at 12:00PM ET at Fountain of Praise Church on Tuesday for Floyd. When the ceremony ends, Floyd's body will go directly from the church to the cemetery. A media representative for the Floyd family reported that he will be buried at Houston Memorial Gardens in Pearland, Texas.

For weeks, the nation has continued to mourn and remember George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody after a now-fired white police officer knelt on his neck for over eight minutes in Minneapolis, MN, while he struggled to breathe.

A memorial took place in Minneapolis on Thursday, and in his birthplace of Raeford, North Carolina on Saturday, June 6. It followed the 11th night of nationwide protests that ignited following his death on May 25.

The public viewing took place at Cape Fear Conference B Headquarters before the public service. A private service happened just for the family at 3:00PM ET.

Derek Chauvin, the cop who pinned Floyd down with his knee, has been fired. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison increased the charges against him from third to second-degree murder. Additionally, aiding and abetting murder charges were filed against former officers on the scene, Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao.

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