Source: News and Observer
George Floyd was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He was killed by Minneapolis police on Memorial Day, and his death has sparked a national outcry. More than 500 people attended the North Carolina service.
Floyd spent most of his life elsewhere, but was born in Fayetteville just miles from the church where the service was held, the News and Observer reports. His sister and a number of other family members still reside in North Carolina. Governor Cooper ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on Saturday in honor of Floyd.
Visitors poured in from across North Carolina and even from other states. Gregg Packer rode the train from Long Island overnight to Fayetteville.
“I felt like I needed to come down here to support the protests and the family of George Floyd,” Packer told the News and Observer. “I hope that we can all get along with each other, that we can start treating each other the way we all should.”
Governor Cooper posted about the funeral on his social media channels.
“George Floyd should be alive today. We can’t bring him back but we can work for justice in his name. It’s up to all of us to fight racism on every front,” the governor wrote.
Read the full story on George Floyd’s funeral in Hoke County from the News and Observer.