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Raeford making final preps for second memorial service for George Floyd

Posted June 5, 2020 11:22 p.m. EDT
Updated June 6, 2020 6:44 a.m. EDT

— Hoke County will be on the world stage Saturday as thousands are expected to turn out in person to pay their respects to George Floyd.

Rockfish Church is where you can catch a shuttle to the Cape Fear Conference Center just down the road. That's where the second memorial service for Floyd will be held beginning at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The first one was held Thursday in Minneapolis, days before Floyd will be buried Monday in Houston.

“The world will be looking," said Vernon Ratliff of Raleigh.

“It’s going to be exciting in a good way for the family," said Josephine Adams with Cape Fear Conference Center.

Cape Fear Conference Center “B” is preparing to see people from near and far.

“It’s just overwhelming," Adams said. "People are just calling from Indiana, California, Georgia, everyone wants to come see the services for George Floyd.”

Joy Manson drove from Wilmington and plans to be in line two hours before the public viewing, which starts at 11 a.m.

“I wanted to come here to be part of history and show my kids and the students I teach that this is a big historical event that can bring about change,” Adams said.

Rockfish Church will shuttle people in. Sorrell’s Salon next door is closing up shop to free up 150 extra parking spots.

“Let the people come in and say their farewells to Mr. Floyd. The family is here from Raeford,” said Stan Simmons of Custom Trim.

Hoke County Sheriff Hubert Peterkin said protesting will be prohibited on church property. He also said the viewing will be open casket, but pictures will be prohibited.

There will be several guest speakers at the service today, including Floyd's sister.

“You're going to have security in there, you are going to have ushers in there, people right there watching the whole thing, so pulling out the cell phones is not going to work. Keep it moving so everybody gets a chance to come in," Peterkin said.

Gov. Cooper ordered all flags at state facilities to fly half-mast today in honor of George Floyd.

Here are the roads closed in the area on Saturday for the memorial:

  • Hoke Loop Road will close at 8 a.m. between Nessee Street and Raeford Road
  • Left lane outbound on Raeford Road is for travel, the right lane on Raeford Road is for the memorial service only
  • Closures will stay in place until the evening hours
  • Drivers can expect the wester region of Fayetteville around Raeford Road and Gillis Hill Road to be heavily congested with traffic.

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