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 

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Pastor Kim Burrell sings "God Will Take Care of You" during the funeral for George Floyd on June 9, 2020, at The Fountain of Praise Church in Houston
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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.

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The Rev. Dr. Mary White prays during the private funeral for George Floyd at The Fountain of Praise church on June 9, 2020 in Houston, Texas
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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.

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Sisters of George Floyd Zsa Zsa Floyd, embraces her sister LaTonya Floyd during a funeral service for George Floyd at The Fountain of Praise church Tuesday, June 9, 2020, in Houston
LaTonya Floyd, at right, with sister Zsa Zsa Floyd at their brother George's funeral June 9, 2020. DAVID J. PHILLIP/POOL/AFP via Getty

Floyd's sisters Zsa Zsa and LaTonya embrace inside the church.

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Rodney Floyd (L), and Philonise Floyd (C) brothers of George Floyd, attend their brother's funeral service on June 9, 2020, at The Fountain of Praise church in Houston, Texas.
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Meanwhile, brothers Rodney and Philonise sit solemnly in their masks.

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Roxie Washington holds Gianna Floyd, the daughter of George Floyd as they attend the funeral service for George Floyd at The Fountain of Praise church Tuesday, June 9, 2020, in Houston
Roxie Washington holds Gianna Floyd, the daughter of George Floyd as they attend the funeral service for George Floyd. DAVID J. PHILLIP/POOL/AFP via Getty

Daughter Gianna Floyd and mom Roxie Washington stay close as Washington dries her eyes.

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Philonise Floyd speaks during the funeral for his brother, George Floyd, on June 9, 2020, at The Fountain of Praise church in Houston
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Philonise Floyd takes a moment at the podium.

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Ne-Yo performs a song during the funeral for George Floyd at The Fountain of Praise church on June 9, 2020 in Houston, Texas
Ne-Yo performs a song during the funeral for George Floyd at the Fountain of Praise church on Tuesday in Houston, Texas. Godofredo A. Vásquez - Pool/Getty

Before paying his respects to Floyd's siblings, Ne-Yo performs Boyz II Men's "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday."

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Family members grieve as they speak during the funeral for George Floyd on June 9, 2020, at The Fountain of Praise church in Houston
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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.

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Channing Tatum (L) and Jamie Foxx (R) take part in the funeral of George Floyd on June 9, 2020, at The Fountain of Praise church in Houston, Texas
Channing Tatum (L) and Jamie Foxx (R) take part in the funeral of George Floyd on June 9, 2020, at The Fountain of Praise church in Houston, Texas. DAVID J. PHILLIP/POOL/AFP via Getty

Jamie Foxx - in a mask emblazoned with Floyd's name - and Channing Tatum sit among the attendees.

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The Rev. Al Sharpton speaks during the funeral for George Floyd on June 9, 2020, at The Fountain of Praise church in Houston
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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."

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LaTonya Floyd speaks during the funeral service for her brother George Floyd at The Fountain of Praise church on June 9, 2020, in Houston
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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."

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Mourners listen during the funeral for George Floyd on June 9, 2020, at The Fountain of Praise church in Houston
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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.

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George Floyd Funeral in Houston, USA - 09 Jun 2020
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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.

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Kate Hogan
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Kate Hogan is Director of Digital Specials and Features at PEOPLE. In her 14 years at the brand, she has covered everything from pets and babies to style and Sexiest Man Alive, interviewing celebrities including Céline Dion, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Chris Evans. Currently, she oversees the creation of photo galleries that complement breaking news and major PEOPLE moments like The Beautiful Issue and 100 Reasons to Love America. She has offered expert celebrity commentary on Good Morning America and Access Hollywood.  Before joining PEOPLE in 2008, Kate was an editorial assistant at Morris Visitor Publications. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication and resides outside of Chicago with her husband and three kids.

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