HOUSTON – George Floyd’s body will return to Houston and a Fort Bend funeral home will be handling services, the owner confirmed to KPRC 2 Saturday night.
Bobby Swearington, owner of Fort Bend Memorial Planning Center said while the funeral arrangements have not yet been solidified, a public visitation will be held for Floyd in Minnesota on Thursday, after which his body will be brought to Houston. Swearington said he will provide more details on the funeral arrangements Monday. Meanwhile, people wishing to pay respects may order floral arrangements through the funeral home website.
In a Thursday press conference, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said Floyd’s body will be returning to Houston.
“This is the same city where George Floyd grew up and his body will be returning to this city,” Turner said. “And so the focus needs to be on supporting and uplifting his family.”
Floyd grew up in Houston’s Third Ward and graduated from Jack Yates High School where he played football. He graduated from the school in 1993. Earlier on Saturday, Jack Yates High School alumni held a walk and vigil for Floyd in MacGregor Park.
Floyd died Monday night after a Derek Chauvin, a former member of the Minneapolis Police Departmentment, knelt on his neck for several minutes.
Floyd’s death has sparked outrage and protests across the nation with riots taking place in major cities in the U.S., including Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Seattle, Atlanta, New York and Denver.