HOUSTON – With a steady stream of lines at Kingdom Builder’s Center and FountainLife Center in Houston continue, mourners spent hours from noon to 6 p.m. waiting to get on shuttles to take them to the church where they could get a chance to pay their respects to George Floyd.
Record heat didn’t deter the throngs of people who sought pay respects to a man whose tragedy inspired a worldwide movement against racial injustice and police brutality.
The line is starting to grow at FountainLife Center in #Houston this morning. People are here early waiting to take the shuttle to pay their respects at Memorial service for George Floyd. #GeorgeFloyd @KPRC2 pic.twitter.com/ouSn4bDwBA— Brittany Jeffers (@KPRC2BrittanyJ) June 8, 2020
The first shuttles left FountainLife Center for the church around 11:45 a.m. Monday and the last shuttles left at 5:45 p.m.
Lines were wrapped around the Fountain of Praise all day as thousands of mourners turned out to pay their respects and honor Floyd. As of noon, there was plenty of parking available at the Kingdom Builder’s and FountainLife centers.
There’s a steady stream of people boarding the buses at the Kingdom Builder’s Center at 6011 West Orem for the #GeorgeFloyd viewing. It starts at noon. Plenty of parking available. @KPRC2 #kprc2 pic.twitter.com/q5WCFY5G6z— KPRC Cathy Hernandez (@KPRC2Cathy) June 8, 2020
Floyd graduated from Jack Yates High School in 1992, where he helped the football team win the state title. He also played basketball there, La'Torria Lemon, spokeswoman for the funeral home, told CNN on Sunday.
Organizers prepared for close to 10,000 people Monday and many were left without a shuttle to catch by the end of the evening.