George Floyd’s Body to be Returned to Houston for Burial

George Floyd‘s body will be returned to his hometown of Houston — where his family still lives — for his funeral, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said Saturday. There have been nationwide protests since Floyd, 46, died in Minneapolis after a police officer was captured on video pressing his knee on Floyd’s neck for several minutes while he was handcuffed and pleaded for air.

“This is the same city that George Floyd grew up in, and his body will be returning to this city,” Turner said. Floyd was a native of the city’s historic Third Ward.

A Houston-area funeral parlor confirmed to CBS Houston affiliate KHOU-TV that they are handling Floyd’s services.

GoFundMe set up by Philonise Floyd, Floyd’s brother, has raised more than $5 million for the family. “This fund is established to cover funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counseling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings, and to assist our family in the days to come as we continue to seek justice for George,” Philonise wrote on the GoFundMe page. “A portion of these funds will also go to the Estate of George Floyd for the benefit and care of his children and their educational fund.”

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SOURCE: CBS News, Caroline Linton