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Mourners, family members, dignitaries, politicians, and activists gathered in Houston to honor George Floyd at his funeral service at the Fountain of Praise church in Houston on Tuesday (June 9). Several memorials have been held to pay tribute to Floyd after his alleged murder at the hands of a police officer after he was arrested on May 25 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Rev. Al Sharpton delivered Floyd's eulogy at the service on Tuesday.
According to NBC News, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden addressed mourners in a video address: "Now is the time for racial justice. That’s the answer we must give to our children when they ask why. Because when there is justice for George Floyd, we will truly be on our way to racial justice in America."
Other politicians also paid their final respects including Texas Democratic Reps. Al Green and Sheila Jackson Lee and Houston's Democratic Mayor Sylvester Turner.
The Real Housewives of Potomac's Gizelle Bryant's partner Pastor Jamal Bryant, who issued the benediction at a memorial service for Floyd on June 4, also attended the funeral on June 9.
He reflected on the emotional day on Instagram, writing, "[I] headed to George Floyd['s] funeral with [Rev. Al Sharpton] and Sybrina Fulton (mother of Trayvon Martin). We’ve been standing together for 8 years... things must change NOW."
According to Us Weekly, celebrities Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx attended, as well as pro athletes like NFL players J.J. Watt and D.J. Reader and former NBA player Stephen Jackson. Ne-Yo performed Boyz II Men's “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday."
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