George Floyd’s body arrives in Houston ahead of public viewing and funeral

George Floyd’s second memorial took place Saturday in the state where he was born after the 11th night of protests ignited by his death.
George Floyd’s second memorial took place Saturday in the state where he was born after the 11th night of protests ignited by his death. (KPRC)

The body of George Floyd, who died in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25, arrived in Houston Sunday ahead of a scheduled public viewing Monday and a funeral service Tuesday.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo announced the arrival of Floyd’s remains in a tweet Sunday morning.

“George Floyd and his family are safely in Houston," Acevedo said in the Tweet.

Acevedo also thanked Delta Airlines and George Bush Intercontinental Airport for their help bringing Floyd’s remains to the city.

Floyd, 46, a Houston native, grew up in the Third Ward and graduated from Jack Yates High School where he played football.

He died in Minneapolis police custody while being arrested. Videos of the arrest show an officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck, pinning him to the ground while he pleaded that he couldn’t breathe.

Demonstrations are being held across the country in the wake of his death.


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