25 July 2021,   07:55
Thousands attend funeral of George Floyd in Houston

The funeral of George Floyd, the American whose death sparked a global movement against racism and police violence, was held in his home town of Houston.

The funeral was private, but dozens of people turned up outside the church to pay their respects. An earlier memorial service on Monday was attended by 6 000 people.

His brother, Rodney Floyd, told the church packed with mourners: “Everybody is going to remember him around the world. He is going to change the world”.

Joe Biden, the Democratic Party presidential candidate appeared in a video eulogy, saying “No child should have to ask questions that too many black children have had to ask for generations: Why?. Now is the time for racial justice. That is the answer we must give to our children when they ask why”.

More than 500 mourners wearing masks to combat the coronavirus packed the Houston church, with dozens more outside.