Photo: Godofredo A. Vásquez, Staff Photographer/Houston Chronicle
The devastating footage of George Floyd dying under the knee of a white police officer on May 25 sparked outrage and immediate calls for action nationwide. Floyd’s death sparked international protests and mobilized thousands of Americans against racial injustice and police brutality.
This week, the world will say goodbye and pay tribute to George Floyd in a final Houston funeral service and burial.
HPD Police Chief Art Acevedo tweeted Sunday morning that “George Floyd and his family are safely in Houston.”
Floyd grew up in Houston’s Third Ward and helped lead the Yates High School football team to Texas state championships. Looking for a fresh start, Floyd set off to Minneapolis in 2017. His time in Minneapolis came to a tragic end when a police officer kneeled on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds during an arrest over accusations of using a counterfeit $20 bill.
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For all of those who wish to honor Floyd’s life, there will be two memorial services in the Houston-area this week: a public viewing on Monday and an invitation-only memorial service on Tuesday.
The public viewing and private funeral will both be held at The Fountain of Praise at 13950 Hillcroft Avenue, Houston, Texas 77085.
On Tuesday, Floyd’s body will be taken to Houston Memorial Gardens in Pearland for burial, the same location where his mother was laid to rest.