Thousands of mourners arrived at George Floyd’s memorial in North Carolina, celebrating the life of the black father who’s police-involved death has sparked nearly two weeks of mass protests across the country.
Local authorities anticipate somewhere between 30,000 to 40,000 people to come to the Cape Fear Conference B Headquarters in Raeford, North Carolina.
Floyd’s body arrived to the center as long lines formed outside the center as people came to pay their respects, WTVD reports.
The father is a native of North Carolina, originally from Fayetteville.
The memorial will include a public viewing that is scheduled from 11am to 1pm EST, followed a private memorial that will run from 3pm to 5pm EST.
Mourners could be seen wearing masks and various shirts with George Floyd’s face on it, with messages including ‘I Can’t Breathe’ on them.
The service is expected to consist of both a celebration of Floyd’s life while also condemning the police brutality that led to his death and so many other black lives lost.
The line of people waiting to view the coffin included families with young children and teenagers.
One young woman wore a green and gold graduation cap and gown as she walked beside her parents. Most people wore surgical masks or cloth face coverings.
When a hearse bearing Mr Floyd’s coffin arrived, chants of ‘Black Power’, ‘George Floyd’ and ‘No justice, no peace’, echoed from beneath the covered entrance.
‘It could have been me. It could have been my brother, my father, any of my friends who are black,’ said a man in the crowd, Erik Carlos of Fayetteville. ‘It was a heavy hit, especially knowing that George Floyd was born near my hometown. It made me feel very vulnerable at first.’
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Source: Daily Mail