Hundreds gathered to pay their respects to George Floyd during a public viewing at Cape Fear Conference B Church in Raeford, North Carolina, where he was born, on Saturday.
The public viewing was held from 11 a.m. ET to 1 p.m. ET. Floyd, a 46-year-old Minneapolis man, died on Memorial Day after former police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for over eight minutes when he was arrested for suspicion of forgery outside a deli.
As people lined up to honor Floyd, his body was escorted into the church in a gold casket. His casket was also seen closed and with many beautiful red roses piled on top. A crowd of peaceful protesters also lined the road outside, mourning his death.
Cynthia Lacewell, a black woman and mother of two, told The Fayetteville Observer that she wanted to show support to the family.
“I have two sons and a daughter, and we’re just here to support, because that very well could have been one of my kids,” Lacewell said.
Floyd's family is set to hold a private viewing at 3 p.m. ET that will be broadcast on CBSN and various stations.