GALLERY: Thousands wait in Houston to pay final respects at George Floyd visitation and memorial

George Smith, with his cousin from Delaware, said he drove about 22 hours from Philadelphia to come pay his respects to George Floyd. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
George Smith, with his cousin from Delaware, said he drove about 22 hours from Philadelphia to come pay his respects to George Floyd. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)

George Smith, with his cousin from Delaware, said he drove about 22 hours from Philadelphia to come pay his respects to George Floyd. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)

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George Floyd's public visitation was at The Fountain of Praise church in southwest Houston. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Because of social distancing measures, only about 10 attendees were allowed in the church at a time, so a line formed, which wrapped around the church and yard. (Beth Marshall/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Brett White said it took him three days to complete his painting of George Floyd. He said he put a lot of himself into the painting. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner attended the June 8 visitation for George Floyd. (Beth Marshall/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner signs the visitation book held by Felicia D. Butler, who is with the funeral home overseeing George Floyd’s body. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Both the June 8 public visitation and June 9 private funeral are at The Fountain of Praise church in southwest Houston. (Beth Marshall/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Because of social distancing measures, only 10 attendees were allowed in the church at a time, so a line formed, which wrapped around the church and yard. (Beth Marshall/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Before guests entered The Fountain of Praise to see George Floyd’s body and casket, their temperature was taken. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Pam Robinson (middle left) and Chaquitha Nelson (middle right) grew up in Houston's Third Ward with George Floyd. (Beth Marshall/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Some attendees at the memorial brought signs honoring George Floyd. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Lisa Mahlum (middle) and Beverly Austin (left), who both came to George Floyd's visitation from the Houston area, met for the first time while they were in line to pay their respects. (Beth Marshall/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Meryl Kizzel (far right) came to the public memorial event with her mother and children. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott spoke to media outside George Floyd's public visitation June 8. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Charmaine James signs the visitation book after viewing George Floyd’s casket and body at the June 8 Public Memorial for George Floyd at The Fountain of Praise in Houston. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Truman Jones (third from left) traveled about 13 hours from Atlanta with his family to visit the public memorial for George Floyd. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The Fountain of Praise church is located in southwest Houston. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Because of social distancing measures, only 10 attendees were allowed in the church at a time, so a line formed, which wrapped around the church and yard. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Because of social distancing measures, only 10 attendees were allowed in the church at a time, so a line formed, which wrapped around the church and yard. (Beth Marshall/Community Impact Newspaper)
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People wait in line for a shuttle to the visitation at the FountainLife Center in Houston. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Some attendees at the memorial brought signs honoring George Floyd. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)
Thousands of people from Houston and beyond gathered June 8 at The Fountain of Praise church in southwest Houston for George Floyd's public visitation and memorial.

Floyd grew up in Houston’s Third Ward and was killed in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department on May 25. A video of his death, as well as the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and other black Americans, have prompted days of demonstrations across the country and sparked conversations about police violence and systemic racism.

In order to comply with social distancing guidelines, only 10 guests were allowed in the church to view Floyd's body at a time. Media were not allowed inside the church.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner were both present.

A private funeral for Floyd's family will be held at 11 a.m. June 9 at The Fountain of Praise. Floyd will be buried at Houston Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Pearland.


View images from the memorial in the photo gallery above.
By Claire Shoop
Claire joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2019 as the reporter for the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2019 where she studied journalism, government and Arabic. While in school, Claire was a fellow for The Texas Tribune, worked for the student newspaper, The Daily Texan, and spent a semester in Washington, D.C. She enjoys playing cards with her family and listening to the Boss, Bruce Springsteen.
By Haley Morrison
Haley Morrison came to Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after graduating from Baylor University. She was promoted to editor in February 2019. Haley primarily covers city government.
By Beth Marshall
Born and raised in Montgomery County, Beth Marshall graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in communication and a minor in business. Originally hired as a reporter for The Woodlands edition in 2016, she became editor of the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition in October 2017.
By Jen Para
Jen joined Community Impact Newspaper in fall 2018 as the editor of the Katy edition. She covers education, transportation, local government, business and development in the Katy area.


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