Thousands pay respects to George Floyd in Houston

Pallbearers bring the casket bearing the remains of George Floyd into the Fountain of Praise Church for his memorial and funeral services in Houston on Monday. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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Thousands of mourners wearing protective masks and gloves waited in line for hours outside a megachurch in Houston on Monday in 90-plus degree heat to pay their last respects at the final public memorial for George Floyd, an unarmed black man whose killing sparked global protests over racial injustice and police brutality.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, groups of 15 people at a time were allowed inside the Fountain of Praise Church to view Floyd’s body, which was laid in a gold-colored casket paid for by boxer Floyd Mayweather. Many of the mourners wore t-shirts bearing Floyd’s likeness, or the words “I Can’t Breathe,” the phrase Floyd uttered as Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer, pinned him to the ground by kneeling on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

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