Loved ones remembered the man that George Floyd was and one person even included a message for his 6-year-old daughter.
History may never forget the name of George Floyd, whose death reverberated across the world and brought hundreds and thousands of people to streets in protest.
In the midst of the ongoing political movement, Floyd was laid to rest beside his deceased mother, the woman he could be heard calling out for in the shocking video where he repeatedly said, "I can't breathe."
His funeral, which took place on June 9 over two hours, saw around 500 family members and guests in attendance. But within no time, more people gathered and a large crowd stood outside the Fountain of Praise church to pay their last respects, as reported by People.
In a notecard that was handed out to those who attended the funeral, the family wrote: Because of you, we have gained comfort and strength. 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. May God bless each of you is our prayer. Lovingly, The Family of George Floyd."
“Because of you, we have gained comfort and strength,” said the Floyd family. Attendees at today’s public memorial for #GeorgeFloyd will receive this card, which includes a thank you from the Floyd family, including the aforementioned quote. @KPRC2 pic.twitter.com/tK7iBCT58o— Brandon Walker (@KPRC2Brandon) June 8, 2020
At the funeral, people remembered the friend, father, brother, family, and the many other things that Floyd was to them and celebrated his life. "Third Ward, Cuney Homes, that’s where he was born at. But everybody is going to remember him around the world. He is going to change the world," said Rodney, Floyd's brother, as quoted by The Guardian.
In honor of the man whose death will hopefully lead to a ripple of change, radio stations remained silent for a few moments while the usually buzzing traders at the stock exchange in New York brought everything to a half for eight minutes and 46 seconds. The time the traders remained still was the same time the police officer was filmed having his knee digging into Floyd's neck.
With tears in her eyes, Floyd's sister, LaTonya said, "I’m going to miss my brother a whole lot. I thank God for giving me, my own personal Superman," reported ABC News.
"All I think about is when he was yelling for momma," said Philonise, Floyd's brother. "Every momma felt that."
An emotional tribute was also given by Floyd's nice, Brooke Williams who said, "My name is Brooke Williams, George Floyd’s niece, and I can breathe. [As] long as I’m breathing, justice will be served."
She continued, "Someone said, 'Make America great again,' but when has America ever been great? You shouldn’t feel this pain, no one should feel this pain."
While they could all feel a sense of the suffering Floyd went through in his last moments, the mourners also took a moment to remember the person he was. "Gentle giant" was what Floyd was fondly called as he would tower at 6-foot, 6-inch.
"He was a pesky little rascal, but we all loved him. I just want to thank all of the mothers who are here today. Just hug them and love them because we don’t know when the time will come," said Floyd's aunt, Kathleen McGee.
Sitting amongst the funeral-goers was a little girl, Gianna who now has to grow up without the love of her father in her life. The 6-year-old sat next to her mother, Roxie Washington, while a painting of her father with angel wings and a halo was a few feet away from her.
"You’re so brave. Daddy’s looking down and he’s so proud of you," former Vice President Joe Biden told Gianna when he spoke at the ceremony through video.
Although the funeral was meant for invited family members and guests, others drove all the way to the funeral and gathered to watch his body being drawn to the church in a horse-drawn carriage.
41-year-old Tamecia Dogbe drove two and a half hours, accompanied by her sister and 12-year-old niece to see whatever they could of the funeral. And they stood outside the church while the heat and humidity couldn't deter them.
"It feels like a part of history, something I want my niece to witness," Tamecia said, according to The Guardian. "Ten years from now, she might be able to see this in a history book."
40-year-old Schon Carter joined the gathered people and said, "we’re all standing in one accord. It feels good that despite the heat, the weather, that people actually took the time out to show their respect for the family."
Following the ceremony at the church, Floyd was carried in the golden casket, drawn by the horse-drawn carriage and taken to the cemetery where a plot in the size of his casket was waiting next to his buried mother.