Moving Photos from George Floyd's Houston Funeral Service
The 46-year-old was laid to rest in Texas on Tuesday, as friends and family mourned a life tragically cut too short
George Floyd, whose death at the hands of Minneapolis police two weeks ago sparked an ongoing international protest and political movement for reforms to correct racial inequities in policing, was mourned at his Houston funeral on Tuesday before being buried alongside the mother to whom he called out as he died.
Here, Pastor Kim Burrell sings "God Will Take Care of You" during the funeral at The Fountain of Praise Church.
The Rev. Dr. Mary White prays during the service. Though the church holds 2,000 people, the two-hour funeral had been limited to about 500 invited family and guests; a large crowd remained outside, one day after thousands had passed through the sanctuary for a six-hour public viewing of Floyd in his open gold casket.
Floyd's sisters Zsa Zsa and LaTonya embrace inside the church.
Meanwhile, brothers Rodney and Philonise sit solemnly in their masks.
Daughter Gianna Floyd and mom Roxie Washington stay close as Washington dries her eyes.
Philonise Floyd takes a moment at the podium.
Before paying his respects to Floyd's siblings, Ne-Yo performs Boyz II Men's "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday."
The Floyd siblings comfort each other during the service, promoted by the family as a home-going "grand finale." Tuesday's funeral was the final stop on a tour that included a memorial service Thursday in Minneapolis, where Floyd was living when he was killed; a second memorial service Saturday in Raeford, N.C., near where Floyd was born; and the viewing Monday in Houston, where he spent most of his life.
Rev. Al Sharpton delivers a stirring eulogy.
"Your family is going to miss you George, but your nation is going to always remember your name. Because your neck was one that represents all of us, and how you suffered is how we all suffer," he said. "God took the rejected stone and made him the cornerstone of a movement that's going to change the whole wide world."
LaTonya Floyd is overcome with emotion while speaking.
"Because of you, we have gained comfort and strength," Floyd's family wrote in a notecard handed out to those who attended the public viewing. "We would like for each of you to know that George is now one of God's beautiful angels and will FOREVER breathe in our hearts."
Mourners are moved by the words from the pulpit. Protests continued around the country on Tuesday in Floyd's name and for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Pallbearers bring Floyd's coffin into the church. Retired boxing legend Floyd Mayweather reportedly paid for the funeral expenses. Floyd, who called out for his mother as he died, was buried next to her.