Thousands gathered at a Houston church Monday to pay their last respects to George Floyd, a day before he was buried near his mother in his Texas hometown.
The mourners for five hours – from average citizens to top leaders and celebrities – filed into the fountain of the famed church and past Floyd’s cell, more than two weeks after Floyd died when he was caught by Minneapolis police.
Her death has sparked worldwide protests and calls for racial justice.
“George Floyd is going to change the curve of America,” said Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas According to CNN. “George Floyd did not die in vain. His life will be a legacy of the way the United States and Texas respond to this tragedy.”
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Sen.
Floyd, 46, grew up in Houston’s Third Ward.
“He’s the first person that everyone in our neighborhood noticed, because he was the first person to receive a scholarship to play basketball or football when he wanted to,” his brother, Pilonis Floyd, told CNN.
As corona virus social-distance restrictions limit access to 15 people at a time, residents waited outside the bell to pay their final respects.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, has previously met with the Floyd family.
The commemoration came the same day that Minneapolis police Derek Chuvv was convicted of murder in the Floyd case. He was ordered held without bail on $ 1 million bail, and 25 1.25 million without bond.