Ne-Yo Fights Back Tears as He Performs 'It's So Hard to Say Goodbye' at George Floyd's Memorial
On Tuesday, June 9, 2020, a memorial service was held for George Floyd in Houston, Texas. Ne-Yo was one of the stars who attended and performed emotionally at the service.
Ne-Yo said his goodbye to the late Floyd, 46, by singing Boyz II Men's "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday." The star struggled to keep his tears from coming down as he sang his emotional rendition.
At one point, he had to stop his acapella performance at The Fountain of Praise church for a few seconds so he could collect himself. The crowd cheered and supported him until he was able to continue singing.
HOW GEORGE FLOYD DIED
Floyd’s life was honored this week after he died in police custody. The Minneapolis man had his neck pressed by police officer Derek Chauvin’s knee for more than eight minutes causing him to suffocate to death.
The death led to Black Lives Matter protests that have gone nationwide and worldwide. Reverend Al Sharpton was the one who presided over the service.
CELEBRITIES ATTEND MEMORIAL
Other celebrities who were seen at the funeral included actors Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx. J.J. Watt, DJ Reader, and Floyd Mayweather also attended the service along with the Houston Texans chairman and CEO Cal McNair.
Former NBA star Stephen Jackson was seen seated next to Floyd's daughter, Gianna, 6. Jackson is a close family friend.
Joe Biden delivers a video message at the funeral of George Floyd:— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 9, 2020
“When there is justice for George Floyd, we will truly be on our way to racial justice in America. And then, as you said Gianna, your daddy will have changed the world” https://t.co/bQsoh2b52k pic.twitter.com/eX0x3lvGpy
A MESSAGE BY JOE BIDEN
The memorial started off with some speeches from the deceased’s family, including Floyd’s aunt Kathleen McGee. A pre-recorded video message from Joe Biden was also played at the funeral about an hour into the service.
“All I think about is when he was yelling for mama. And I know how mama is…she had her hands wide open like, ‘come here baby.’ Every mama felt that.”— ABC News (@ABC) June 9, 2020
George Floyd’s brother Philonise Floyd gives an emotional speech at his funeral. https://t.co/PeN6Eke5X4 pic.twitter.com/NmGWvb27Mu
BIDEN MET WITH FLOYD’S FAMILY
The day before the memorial, Biden met privately with Floyd's family members. Only 500 people were able to attend the funeral to uphold the safety guidelines of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
In powerful moment, Rev. Al Sharpton asks the families of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Botham Jean, Pamela Turner, Michael Brown and Ahmaud Arbery to stand at George Floyd's funeral: "They know better than anyone else the pain they will suffer.” https://t.co/PeN6Eke5X4 pic.twitter.com/yr4Mc3fIEQ— ABC News (@ABC) June 9, 2020
SERVICE IN MINNEAPOLIS
This was the second memorial for Floyd. One of his services was held on June 4, 2020, at the Frank J. Lundquist Sanctuary in Minnesota at North Central University.
FLOYD’S BROTHER SEEKS JUSTICE
It was streamed live and Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd, got to speak calling for justice for his sibling’s death. Celebrities like Tiffany Haddish, Tyrese Gibson, Kevin Hart, T.I., and Ludacris, where all in attendance.
Floyd was buried in Pearland next to his mother.
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