George Floyd's life and legacy will be honored in three cities starting on Thursday (June 4).
Floyd, an unarmed black man, was killed last week in Minneapolis after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes. Floyd's murder sparked protests around the world as millions call for justice not only in his case but also for the countless other black Americans who have been killed at the hand of police.
The first of the late 46-year-old's three public memorial services will be held at North Central University in Minneapolis from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET, family attorney Benjamin Crump told CNN. The two-hour service will feature a "national eulogy" from the Reverend Al Sharpton as well as words from members of Floyd’s family.
The service will reportedly be available to stream on NBC News.
A second memorial service will be held on June 6 in Raeford, North Carolina, the state where Floyd was born, at Cape Fear Conference B Headquarters. The public viewing will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET and the memorial service will start at 3 p.m ET.
"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," Hubert Peterkin, the sheriff of Hoke County, said on Facebook.
Floyd's celebration of life services will then head to Houston, Texas, where he'd previously lived. On Monday (June 8), there will be a public memorial service — the Fort Bend Memorial Planning Center is handling arrangements — that will take place from noon to 6 p.m. local time at The Fountain of Praise Church at 13950 Hillcroft Ave. Center operator Bobby Swearington said, per USA Today, they are working to find a way to livestream the services on their Facebook page and website. And on Tuesday (June 9), a private service will be held at an undisclosed location.
Earlier this week, ESPN reported that former boxing champion Floyd Mayweather had personally reached out to Floyd's family to ask if it would be okay if he handled the costs of his funeral, as well as additional expenses. "He'll probably get mad at me for saying that, but yes, [Mayweather] is definitely paying for the funeral," Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions, told the outlet, adding the boxer didn't want to talk about his gesture.
All services will reportedly be paid for by Mayweather.
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