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Over 6,000 gather in Houston to pay respects to George Floyd before burial

Houston: Over 6,000 mourners turned out to bid a farewell to George Floyd at the last official public memorial in honour of the African American, whose in-custody death sparked nationwide protests against police brutality and racial discrimination.

His gilded casket was on display on Monday for six hours at the The Fountain of Praise church in Houston, Texas, where Floyd grew up and will be interred on Tuesday after a private service.

“Let me just verify. Yes, it’s 6,362 [visitors]. It was very peaceful and dignified,” the ceremony manager told Sputnik as the motorcade with a casket was about to leave the venue.

Shuttle buses transported mourners to a heavily guarded event from several rally points. People were allowed inside the building in small groups to observe social distancing. Mindful of coronavirus risks, organisers carried out sweeping temperature checks at the entrance and made sure everyone has a face mask.

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