George Floyd fondly known to loved ones as “Big Floyd” and was the father to a six-year-old daughter who lives in Houston with her mother, Roxie Washington.
The 46-year-old was born in North Carolina and lived in Houston, Texas, when he was younger.
He moved to Minneapolis several years ago to find work, according to his lifelong friend, Christopher Harris.
He died at the police custody when a White Policeman knelt on his neck for more than 8 minutes and he was seen pleading and begging for his life before he finally gave up.
There has been a global protest against racism and police brutality which has been a major case in the United States with thousands of people showing their grieve towards this.
Below are some reactions.
‘Bringing us together’
In Houston, mourners waited patiently in stifling Texas heat, wearing face masks because of the coronavirus outbreak.
“It’s bringing us together as a country,” said Kevin Sherrod, 41, who was accompanied by his wife and two sons, aged eight and nine.
“Being here with my boys means a lot,” Sherrod added. “It is a time in history and they will remember they were part of it.”
“He listened, heard their pain, and shared in their woe,” said Benjamin Crump, the Floyd family attorney. “That compassion meant the world to this grieving family.”
Floyd’s death, the latest in a litany of similar deaths of black men at the hands of police, has unleashed protests for racial justice and against police brutality in the US and beyond.
Some US cities have already begun to embrace reforms — starting with bans on the use of tear gas and rubber bullets.
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