George Floyd's family, Hoke County Sheriff work together to plan memorial ceremony
George Floyd was born in North Carolina, and several of his family members still live here. Now, his family and the Hoke County Sheriff are preparing for what they expect will be a large public memorial service.
WE WILL HEAR FROM THE CHIEF AND SOME OF THESE PROTESTERS ON TRANS UNION AT 7:00. >> THANK YOU. >>> ALL DAY, CROWDS OF PAID RESPECT TO GEORGE FLOYD AT A MEMORIAL NEAR THE PLACE WHERE HE DIED FOR THE PUBLIC EVENT WILL BE HELD TOMORROW IN MINNEAPOLIS AND HIS FAMILY IN NORTH CAROLINA WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO MOURN. OUT OF THE EVENT SATURDAY IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC BUT THE MEMORIAL IS FRIDAY. GILBERT HAYES IS LIVE AT THE SITE WHERE THE MEMORIAL WILL TAKE PLACE HE SPOKE WITH THE SHERIFF ABOUT PLANS FOR SECURITY. GILBERT? >> THAT'S RIGHT, GERALD THIS IS THE CONFERENCE HEADQUARTERS HERE IN POLK COUNTY IT'S A BIG BUILDING HOME TO PROBABLY ABOUT 1000 PEOPLE. GEORGE FLOYD WAS BORN IN FAYETTEVILLE AND THEN MOVE DOWN TO TEXAS. NOW AND SATURDAY, THE ACTUAL VIEWING AND VISITATION WILL TAKE PLACE INSIDE THIS AREA. THE CASKET WILL BE THERE, YOU GO INTO ONE DOOR WEARING A MASK AND HEAD OUT ON THE OTHER SIDE. THIS IS GOING TO BE AN EMOTIONAL EVENT. NOT ONLY FOR THIS COMMUNITY, BUT ESPECIALLY FOR THE FAMILY. >> IT TEARS ME APART. I WISH I COULD HAVE SAVED HIM. >> Reporter: BRIDGET FLOYD LIVES IN HOPE COUNTY, AND HAS FOND MEMORIES OF HER BROTHER. GEORGE FLOYD DIED IN MINNEAPOLIS WHILE IN THE CUSTODY OF POLICE. HIS SISTER SAYS SHE LOOKED AT HIM AS A FATHER FIGURE, AFTER LOSING HER DAD. >> YOU GIVE ME ADVICE, YOU KNOW, THE BEST DECISIONS TO MAKE. >> Reporter: GEORGE FLOYD'S CONNECTION TO NORTH CAROLINA IS ONE REASON HIS BODY IS BEING BROUGHT HERE. LATOYA WILSON IS PLANNING A PEACEFUL PROTEST FRIDAY IN HOPE COUNTY IN MEMORY OF FLOYD, AND TO HONOR HIS FAMILY. BUT I WASN'T READY TO COME OUT AND SHOW THIS COUNTY, SHOW THE WORLD THAT THIS CAN BE ONE OF THE BEST COUNTIES EVER TO PROTEST AND DO THIS FOR THE FAMILY, BECAUSE THIS FAMILY IS DOING -- GOING THROUGH A LOT. >> Reporter: WHAT HAPPENED TO FLOYD AT THE HANDS OF THE POLICE OFFICER WAS WRONG ACCORDING TO THE POLICE TO. BUT WE WANT THE FAMILY TO KNOW THAT EVEN THOUGH IT WAS NOT OUR AGENCY THAT DONE IT, WE CARE ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED. WE DON'T WANT THIS TO HAPPEN AGAIN. WE WANT TO KNOW THAT WE CAN DO WHATEVER WE CAN TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS DON'T CONTINUE IN OUR COMMUNITY. DESPITE AGAIN, VISITATION HERE WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FROM 11:00 A.M. UNTIL 1:00 P.M. ON SATURDAY AND THEN, THE MEMORIAL THAT IS PRIVATE WILL TAKE PLACE AT 3:00. BECAUSE IT IS PRIVATE, WRAL WILL BE BROADCASTING IT LIES ON WRAL AND WE WILL ALSO HAVE IT ON OUR LIVE STREAMING DIGITAL