April 20, 2024

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The mayor says George Floyd’s body will be returned to Houston

The mayor says George Floyd's body will be returned to Houston

The city mayor said George Floyd’s body would be returned to his hometown of Houston.

Floyd, 46, remembers the Memorial death during a meeting with the Minneapolis police, sparked national outrage and widespread protests, grew up in Houston’s Third Ward and was a star tight end on Jack Yates High School football team and played in the state championship in 1992 at the Houston Astrodome.

“George Floyd is the same city he grew up in and his body will return to this city,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said at a news conference. “So he has to focus on supporting and improving his family.”

Sylvester did not provide further details, nor did Floyd’s family announce the final plans.

The announcement comes as protests have erupted across the country – including the Big Apple – following the death of Floyd after nearly four minutes of flight with Minneapolis police officer Derek Sauv.

Sauvignon and the three police officers involved in the incident were fired the next day by Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, who was later charged with third-degree murder in the case.

Sylvester, speaking with Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, said more than 130 people have been arrested since the protests began Friday. But 80 percent of protesters remained silent, he said.

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