The world has begun the long goodbye to George Floyd, and in Minneapolis, the moment of silence at Floyd’s first memorial service lasted eight-minutes and 46-seconds. To review, that's how long the 46-year-old father was held down by Derek Chauvin after begging for his life on Memorial Day.
Reverend Al Sharpton delivered the eulogy in front of hundreds of mourners including politicians and celebrities. Floyd's family also took the stage. His younger brother, Philonise Floyd, said George taught him how to be a man, another brother said he touched many hearts and a cousin described him as a gentle giant.
At another service in Brooklyn, New York, George’s brother Terrence Floyd expressed his thanks at the outpouring of support, and called for peaceful protest. He said that while he's proud of the protests that have erupted, he's not proud of the destruction that's also followed. He closed his remarks saying "power to the people", adding that means all people, and the combined ability to affect change.
As we told you before, two other memorial services are planned. The next is tomorrow in North Carolina where Floyd was born, the other is Monday in Houston where he grew up. That's also where his funeral will take place on Tuesday.
Source: ABC News