Memorial services honoring George Floyd — a 46-year-old unarmed black man who died last week in Minneapolis after his neck was pinned to the ground by white officer Derek Chauvin’s knee — will take place this week and next in Minnesota, North Carolina, and Texas.
Per CNN on Tuesday, Floyd’s family’s attorney Benjamin Crump revealed the first memorial will be held in Minneapolis on Thursday at the Frank J. Lindquist Sanctuary at North Central University from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Reverend Al Sharpton is expected to deliver a eulogy, says the outlet.
On Saturday, June 6, another service will be held in Raeford, North Carolina.
Per Hubert Peterkin, the sheriff of Hoke County, a public viewing will be held at the Cape Fear Conference B Headquarters from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Afterward, a private memorial for just family will begin at 3 p.m.
“As the Sheriff of Hoke County, I’m asking on behalf of the Floyd family for those who plan on attending the viewing to be respectful to the sensitivity of the family’s time of grief,” Peterkin wrote. “The memorial is about the life that Mr. George Floyd lived and this is a time to embrace the family with expressions of love and kindness.”
Peterkin is asking attendees to wear masks to prevent spread of COVID-19 and not to engage in protesting.
According to CNN affiliate WRAL, Floyd’s sister is a resident of Hoke County.
A third service will be held Monday, June 8 in Houston, Texas, where Floyd grew up.
A public memorial will take place at The Fountain of Praise Church from noon to 6 p.m. and will include a eulogy from the Rev. Dr. Remus E. Wright.
In a Tuesday interview with PBS NewsHour, Crump says presidential candidate Joe Biden will attend the Houston service.
“We understand Vice President Biden will be in attendance,” Crump said.
CNN later reported that Biden’s arrangements have yet to be finalized.
A private service will take place the following day in Houston at 11 a.m.
Per Hollywood Unlocked on Monday, boxer Floyd Mayweather reached out to George’s family and offered to pay for all funeral costs. TMZ Sports later reported that there will be a fourth memorial service whose location will be announced at a later date.
Last week, George’s brother Philonise Floyd created a GoFundMe to cover a variety of expenses for his family, including funeral and burial costs as well as mental health counseling. As of this writing, the page has raised nearly $12 million.