MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — Thursday is a day of mourning and celebration for the man many loved. Family and friends are gathering to remember George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Organizers of a Minneapolis memorial for Floyd placed floral arrangements around a golden casket as mourners prepared to pay their respects.
The memorial service is happening at 1 p.m. at North Central University in downtown Minneapolis. It will be streamed on CBSN Minnesota.
Civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton will deliver the eulogy at the service, which is not open to the public.
Memorial services to honor Floyd are taking place in three cities over six days. Floyd’s funeral will be held in Houston next week, and the other service will be in Raeford, North Carolina.
Floyd was killed last week in south Minneapolis, after a 911 call about a counterfeit $20 bill ended with Floyd’s death at the hands of four police officers, who have been fired from the MPD and all face criminal charges.
Derek Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, accusing him of causing Floyd’s death without intent. He was the seen around the world with his knee on Floyd’s neck as he said, “I can’t breathe.”
Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J Alexander Kueng have all been charged with aiding and abetting in the crime.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison stressed this investigation will take time. He asked for patience from the community, saying they won’t be able to say much publicly as they build a case.
“To the Floyd family, to our beloved community, and everyone who’s watching. George Floyd mattered. He was, his family was important. His life had value and we will seek justice for him and for you and we will find it,” Ellison said Wednesday.
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Source: CBS Minnesota