Houston officials are expecting thousands of mourners during Monday’s visitation for George Floyd, whose death in Minneapolis police custody has sparked protests around the United States and across the world.
Floyd, 46, grew up in the city’s Third Ward and will be buried in Houston next to his mother, according to the Fort Bend Memorial Planning Center.
The public is invited to attend the visitation from noon to 6 p.m. (1-7 p.m. ET), said La’Torria Lemon, spokeswoman for the funeral home.
“We’re anticipating close to 10,000 and that’s what we’re preparing for,” she said.
Floyd graduated from Jack Yates High School in 1992, where he helped the football team win the state title. He also played basketball there, Lemon said.
Before moving to Minneapolis, Floyd was well known in the Houston music scene, rapping with a group called Screwed Up Clik (SUC).
Floyd died last month after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes during an arrest.
Chauvin has been fired and charged with second-degree murder. Three other officers on scene were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.
Saturday, hundreds of people lined up for a public viewing of Floyd’s casket in Raeford, North Carolina, about 20 miles from where he was born.
Meanwhile, demonstrations against systemic racism and police violence continued over the weekend, with large crowds in Washington, Philadelphia and other cities and towns.
Floyd’s body is already in Houston, according to Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo.
“#GeorgeFloyd and his family are safely in Houston,” he tweeted Sunday.
It was “a big deal for our city to bring him back home,” Acevedo said.
“He’s well known, he’s known by a lot of our officers. We want to make sure that the family is safe, that the movement is safe. We want to make sure that the family knows that we’re here for them and we support them at this time.”
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