By Legacy Staff
George Floyd, a resident of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, died Monday, May 25, 2020 at the age of 46 while in the custody of Minneapolis police officers, which sparked nationwide protests against police brutality. He was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and grew up in Houston, Texas. At the time of his death, he worked as a security guard at Conga Latin Bistro.
Arrangements for funeral services in Houston are being made by Fort Bend Memorial Planning Center
, which has announced a public visitation will be held Monday, June 8 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Fountain of Praise, 13950 Hillcroft Ave. A private funeral will follow on June 9.
The Minneapolis Spokesman-Recorder
reports that a public Minneapolis memorial service will be held Thursday, June 4, from 1 to 3 p.m. at North Central University, 1400 Elliot Avenue. In addition, the Fayetteville Observer
reports that a public North Carolina memorial service will be held Saturday, June 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cape Fear Conference B Headquarters, 10225 Fayetteville Road, Raeford.
Floyd's uncle Selwyn Jones told the Rapid City Journal
that Floyd is survived by three children, and that the six-foot-seven "gentle giant" had been a star football and basketball player in high school.
"He was everyone's favorite everything," his cousin Tera Brown told TMX.news
Floyd was a longtime friend of NBA champion basketball player and ESPN analyst Stephen Jackson.
"Floyd was my brother, we called each other twin," Jackson said in an Instagram post
on May 26. In another, Jackson said: "If he needed me, I was there for him… I think he was closer to me than some of my own family."
Floyd's partner Courteney Ross told KARE-11 News
in Minneapolis: "He was not only the man I loved, but the man I admired. He taught me how to be a better person."
His childhood friend Christopher Harris told NPR
: "If he had a stamp and it had his signature on it, it would be his smile. It literally lit up a room."
"I want people to know that George Floyd was a caring person," his Yates High School football and basketball teammate Jonathan Veal told KWTX News 10
in Texas. "His personality and his heart for others was equal or greater to his physical stature, and he always had a heart to give back."
Floyd is also being mourned by friends from Houston's hip-hop scene. "He believed in people," rapper Trae the Truth told Rolling Stone
, "to a point it seemed he believed in people more than he even believed in himself."
"Everybody loved Floyd," his employer Jovanni Thunstrom of Conga Latin Bistro told KARE-11
. "We all have good memories of him."
See more tributes from George Floyd's memorial services
Published by The Herald (Everett) on Jun. 2, 2020.