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George Floyd, Whose Death Energized a Movement, Buried In Texas

HOUSTON, TEXAS - JUNE 09: People watch as a horse drawn hearse containing the remains of George Floyd passes by during a funeral procession on June 9, 2020 in Houston, Texas. Floyd died May 25 while in Minneapolis police custody, sparking nationwide protests will be entombed at Houston Memorial Gardens. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

HOUSTON (AP) — The funeral of George Floyd has ended, and his casket is on its way to a Texas cemetery for burial.

After emotional tributes from Floyd’s family, a song from Ne-Yo, a recorded message from Joe Biden and a eulogy from the Rev. Al Sharpton, Floyd’s golden casket was carried on the shoulders of pall bearers out of Fountain of Praise church in Houston.

Many in the family section of the church held out their hands in the direction of the casket as it departed, as the hymn “I Shall Wear a Crown” rang through the church.

Others held up their phones to film it.

The more than 500 face-masked mourners in the congregation for the four-hour service included actors Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum, and J.J. Watt of the NFL’s Houston Texans.

The service and upcoming burial bring to a close nearly a week of memorial.

HOUSTON, TX – JUNE 09: Brooke Williams, niece of George Floyd, speaks with the rest of the family, during the funeral for George Floyd at The Fountain of Praise Church on June 9, 2020 in Houston, Texas. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis Police officers on May 25, sparking global protests. (Photo by Godofredo A. Vásquez – Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS – JUNE 09: Ne-Yo sings at the funeral service for George Floyd in the chapel at the Fountain of Praise church June 9, 2020 in Houston, Texas. Floyd died May 25 while in Minneapolis police custody, sparking nationwide protests. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS – JUNE 09: Members of the Texas Southern University Police Department pause at the casket bearing the remains of George Floyd in the chapel during his funeral service at the Fountain of Praise church June 9, 2020 in Houston, Texas. Floyd died May 25 while in Minneapolis police custody, sparking nationwide protests. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)

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