Houston officials expect thousands of mourners during today’s visit George Floyd, whose death in police custody in Minneapolis sparked protests across the United States and around the world.
Floyd will be buried in Houston, next to his mother, he states Fort Bend Memorial Planning Center.
The public is invited to attend the visit from noon to 6 p.m. local time, said La’Torria Lemon funeral home spokesman.
“We expect close to 10,000 and that’s what we’re preparing for,” she said.
In accordance with the rules of social distancing, 15 guests will be allowed inside the Fountain of Praise. Guests will be able to stay for a maximum of 10 minutes after visiting the body. Guests must wear a mask and gloves, and casual wear is allowed.
Floyd’s relationship with Houston: Floyd, 46, grew up in the city’s Third Department. He graduated from Jack Yates High School in 1992 where he helped the national football team win the state title. He also played basketball there, Lemon said.
Before moving to Minneapolis, Floyd was known in the music scene in Houston, reprising himself with a group called Screwed Up Clik (SUC).
Floyd’s body is already in Houston, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said.
“#GeorgeFloyd and his family are definitely in Houston,” he tweeted on Sunday.
“It’s a big deal for our city to bring it home,” Acevedo said. “He’s famous, a lot of our employees know him. We want to make sure the family is safe, that the movement is safe. We want to make sure the family knows we’re here for them and we support them at the moment.”
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