Thousands of mourners assemble outside George Floyd's private funeral

Clay Curtis
June 6, 2020

Hundreds of mourners are expected to gather in Raeford, North Carolina, on Saturday to celebrate the life of George Floyd who died shortly after a former officer Derek Chauvin was seen on video kneeling on Floyd's neck.

A lawyer for George Floyd has told a memorial service that a "pandemic of racism" led to his death.

A private service for family members only is to begin at 3 p.m. and will be broadcast.

The memorial, streamed on NBC News, included prayers from religious leaders, music from local singers and messages from neighborhood leaders including the President of North Central University who announced the George Floyd Memorial Scholarship.

Traffic outside of a public viewing for George Floyd in North Carolina on June 6.

"This is exactly why Kevin Hart said he didn't want anyone to know he was there, because he didn't want that to take away the monument to George Floyd".

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Floyd's body arrived to the center as long lines formed outside the center as people came to pay their respects, WTVD reports.

According to etonline, Chauvin has since been charged with second-degree murder.

Three other Minneapolis police officers - Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao - were charged on Wednesday with aiding and abetting murder in Floyd's death. "It could have been my brother, my father, any of my friends who are black", he said. A few days ago, a service was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which is where he was killed.

Erik Carlos of Fayetteville said Floyd's death hit close to home.

Floyd was born in Raeford. Among the attendees were Floyd's younger brother, Philonise Floyd; family attorney Benjamin Crump; Rev. Al Sharpton; actress Tiffany Haddish; comedian Kevin Hart; rappers T.I. and Ludacris; the Rev. Jesse Jackson; Sen. Congressmen Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith of Minnesota, including Rep. Ilhan Omar, Sheila Jackson-Lee and Ayanna Pressley, Governor Tim Walz and Mayors Jacob Frey of Minneapolis and Melvin Carter of Sao Paulo.

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