On Tuesday, a private funeral service was held for George at the Fountain of Praise Church in his hometown of Houston, Texas and was buried in the Houston Memorial Gardens.
At the funeral service, George’s daughter, Gianna Floyd, was escorted into the church with her mother, Roxie Washington, during the “Prayer of Comfort.” Pastor Kim Burell started the service with a performance of “God Will Take Care of You,” featuring the Houston Ensemble.
Prior to the start of the service, music echoed throughout the large church as people passed by Floyd’s open casket to mourn the 46-year-old, who died at the hands of Minneapolis police officers on May 25.
Floyd Mayweather, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, and other notable individuals were all in attendance at the funeral on Tuesday. Including the former Vice President, Joe Biden who spoke to George’s family via video message, while Ne-Yo performed later in the service.
During his eulogy, Rev. Al Sharpton called for changes that can prevent the deaths of more citizens.
“We are not fighting some disconnected incidents. We are fighting an institutional systemic problem that has been allowed to permeate since we were brought to these shores. We are fighting wickedness in high places,” he told the packed audience. “You’re trying to figure out how to stop the protests instead of figuring out how to stop the brutality.”
Sharpton also implored the National Football League to re-hire Colin Kaepernick now that they’ve stated their support for their black players and the Black Lives Matter movement. The civil rights leader demanded, “Repay the damage you did to the career you stood down, ’cause when Colin took a knee, he took it for the families in this building. And we don’t want an apology. We want him repaired.”
After the ceremony, Floyd’s casket was removed from the church and eventually placed in a horse-drawn carriage, NBC affiliate KPRC reported.
The glass-topped carriage pulled the casket for a mile — with hundreds gathering along the procession route — until it reached its final resting place at the cemetery in Pearland, a Houston suburb.