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NC memorial service planned for man killed by Minneapolis police officer

A silent march is planned for Monday in Fayetteville in reaction to George Floyd's death at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis. A memorial service also is set for Hoke County, where Floyd's sister lives.

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Gilbert Baez
, WRAL Fayetteville reporter
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — The death of George Floyd has sparked outrage across the country about the deaths of people of color while in police custody.

Investigators say Floyd died after a Minneapolis police officer pinned his neck to the ground with his knee.

The police officer, Derek Chauvin, was arrested Friday and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

His sister says she can't watch the video, but is glad the officer has been charged.

"I'm glad that he's arrested," said Bridgette Floyd, who lives in Hoke County. "But I'd like for it to go further. I would like for him to be convicted of what he did, which was he murdered my brother."

The family is planning a memorial service in Hoke County and a burial in Texas, she said. His body will be transported to both locations.

While protests rage on in Minnesota, a silent protest march is being planned in Fayetteville on Monday.

George Floyd's stepmother lives in Fayetteville and works at Fayetteville State University.

WRAL News has been told that organizers plan to silently march from the university to the Fayetteville Market House.

"I think it's a good idea, but we want it to be peaceful," Bridgette Floyd said of the plan. "We want it to be a peaceful walk. I will attend. I have no problem with that."


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