Many grievers have gathered at a Houston church for the burial service of George Floyd, topping six days of grieving for the African-American man whose passing has prompted a worldwide retribution over police brutality and racial injustice.
Mr Floyd, 46, was to be let go close to his mom in the suburb of Pearland. He called out for her as white Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin squeezed a knee on his neck on May 25.
Mobile phone footage of the occurrence sparked protests and scattered violence in cities all over the US and around the globe.
Solemnly filling the church in two parallel lines, a few grievers bowed their heads, others made the indication of the cross or a raised a fist, as they delayed before Floyd’s open coffin. In excess of 6300 individuals participated in the appearance, which ran for over six hours, church authorities said.
A few cops from Texas Southern University stood watch at the sanctuary entrance, wearing face veils printed with Mr Floyd’s perishing words I can’t breathe. The historically black school is close to the Houston lodging venture where Mr Floyd grew up.
Generally wearing white, many of Mr Floyd’s relatives, were driven into the sanctuary by civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton. They were joined by rapper Trae tha Truth, who helped organise a march a week ago in Houston.
Former vice-president and possible Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden talked through video at the memorial service, a day after he met secretly with Mr Floyd’s family.