George Floyd will be laid to rest in Pearland on Tuesday following a private funeral at the Fountain of Praise church in Houston.
See above for a live stream of the service. See below for live updates throughout the day of the funeral and procession:
In a pre-recorded video message, former Vice President Joe Biden spoke out against racial injustice and addressed Floyd’s family directly.
“We know you will never feel the same again…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,” Biden said. “Now is the time for racial justice. That is the answer we must give to our children when they ask why. When there is justice for George Floyd we will truly be on our way to racial justice in America.”
The service has begun. Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum are in attendance. Joe Biden is listed on the program, along with Rep. Al Green, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and Mayor Sylvester Turner.
See the program below:
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Photo: Marcy De Luna/Chron.com
Guests are still filing in as the choir continues to sing. The auditorium is nearly full now. Pastor Remus Wright said more people than expected showed up. “So much for social distancing today.”
Rev. Al Sharpton is walking down the center aisle as the choir sings “”Broken but I’m Healed.”
The Fountain of Praise church is filling up. Attendees include Rep. Al Green, Royce West, J.J. Watt, Cal and Hannah McNair, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, and the Rev. Al Sharpton.
Before George Floyd’s family arrived, the choir sang “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power” and attendees stood and clapped to “Nobody Like Our God.”
The burial will take place at Houston Memorial Gardens in Pearland, the same cemetery as his mother, “Cissy,” following a private funeral, according to the Pearland Police Department.
Floyd was born in Fayetteville, N.C. but grew up in Houston’s Third Ward. He died while in Minneapolis police custody on Memorial Day when a white officer kneeled on his neck for an extended period of time after he was arrested for allegedly trying to spend a counterfeit $20 bill. His death was caught on video and led to national outrage that re-ignited the Black Lives Matter movement.
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Photo: Pearland Police Department
The Houston Police Department will escort Floyd’s body into Pearland following a private funeral set for 11 a.m. at the Fountain of Praise Church located off Hillcroft Avenue in Houston. He will travel the last mile of the procession in a horse-drawn carriage.
Residents are allowed to view the procession from public streets and sidewalks located along the route but will not be allowed into the service or entombment. It is believed Floyd will arrive in Pearland sometime after 1 p.m., but an exact time of arrival is not known.
State Troopers will be in Pearland to help monitor traffic and road closures, which will start around 1 p.m. Some roads may be closed earlier in the day depending on public turnout. Roads set to be closed include portions of Cullen Parkway, McHard Road and Hawk Road.
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Police are urging visitors to be mindful of the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic and are asking the public to wear face coverings and practice social distancing. Feels-like 100-degree heat is expected in Houston through the end of the week with heat indexes expected to reach 107 degrees on Tuesday. Visitors are advised to wear light clothing, wear sunscreen and drink plenty of fluids.
Cullen Boulevard in front of Houston Memorial Gardens will be closed for vehicle traffic for the entombment and barricades will be placed along the procession route on Cullen where the horse-drawn carriage will travel.
Limited parking nearby will be available at Dawson High School located at 2050 Cullen Blvd.; Silverlake Church, located 1865 Cullen Blvd.; Hickory Slough Sportsplex, located at 7600 Hughes Ranch Road and Tom Bass Park, located at 15108 Cullen Blvd.
A limited number of portable restrooms will be available near Dawson High School and the west side of Cullen and the cemetery.
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