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Local residents send online condolences to George Floyd’s family; final resting place in Pearland next to his mother

Hello Pearland, by now I believe most of us know Mr. George Floyd’s burial is scheduled for tomorrow, June 9 at the Houston Memorial Gardens cemetery in Pearland, where he will be laid to rest next to his mother, Larcenia Floyd.

(This article originally was meant to be an announcement of the burial, however, we took it a different direction.)

As a mother of two sons, I struggled to find the right words for this article.  What I saw on the morning of May 26th was another mother, just like me, her son was pinned to the ground with a knee to this neck, struggling to breathe, begging for his life, faintly yelling out her name while taking his last breath….this is just too much….I am sorry, I honestly just can’t focus or write😢…our children will always be our babies, no matter the age. Please forgive me for throwing my journalistic integrity and professionalism out the window.  AndI hope you do not mind that I reached out to a few Pearland friends and asked them to share their perfect words of condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Floyd.

Derrick Reed, Attorney, and Former Pearland City Councilman

18155_1364017461515_984921_n“I’ve been praying and will continue to pray for the family, friends, and loved ones of Mr. Floyd. His tragic death has ignited a movement in this world against racism that will, hopefully, forever change the way we as a people interact with one another.  As a city that continues to grow in diversity and understanding, it is an honor that you have chosen Pearland, Texas as Mr. Floyd’s final resting place.”

 

50894945_10220077239425650_7472686127976022016_oMatt Sebesta, Brazoria County Judge: “May the grace of God be with the Floyd family as they move forward after the horrific and unjust death of Mr. Floyd.”

 

 

11949255_10153549132804420_5908817836001133317_nLayni Cade, Teacher: “I feel extreme sadness that we are even having to discuss this and that this is still happening in 2020. I also feel a sense of pride that Our diverse City will be able to host his family and be a welcoming haven for them and for Mr. Floyd.”

 

 

IMG_0305Veronica Longoria, Paralegal – “Words are insufficient to express the sorrow and pain Floyd’s mother is feeling after losing her child. His child is no longer is afforded the love and guidance of her father. To the Floyd family, please know we are here to lift you in prayer, for God to comfort you and for George to watch over you.”

 

 

100495140_1349611138571956_4618626509484064768_nDr. Abul Azad along with his daughter Brianna, PHS CLASS of 2020: “No words of sympathy will fill the void and sadness you and your family feel at the loss of brother George. We the Muslim community in Pearland and Texas are deeply saddened at his untimely death. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”

“The Muslim community of Pearland and Texas stands with George  Floyd. We stand with the Breonna Taylor and the Ahmaud  Arberys. We stand with the families in grieving and the millions of black Americans who have suffered under the hands of racial oppression.
In the last sermon of the Prophet Muhammad, he writes that “All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab, nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over black, nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action.” you are not alone together, hand in hand, whites, blacks, Hispanics, and Asians we will fight for the freedoms of our brothers and sisters from oppression and injustice. let us carry your weight. many of us do not share your plight, but we see you, we hear you, and we share your passion for change.
You may not hear George again saying “ I love you mama” or smile at the little insignificant things in life. But his presence and his loving memory will remain alive in the minds of million Americans and continue to inspire them to love, respect, and stand against prejudices in our beloved community.
May your heart be in the hands of the loving God Almighty in this difficult time in your life.”
Briana Azad ( my daughter also contributed to this writing)
Abul Azad
Director
Islamic Society of Greater Houston- Southeast area

14955843_10210944281903560_4980099289256139798_nAndy Kahan, Director of Victim Services and Advocacy, Crime Stoppers of Houston: “The horrific murder of Houston native George Floyd has galvanized a nation and rightfully so demanding systematic changes in our criminal justice system. Our hearts and prayers go out to Mr. Floyd and his family.
As a long time board member of the Houston Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children and Surviving Family Members of Homicide I can unequivocally state that grief is intensified when justice is lacking and right now justice is still lacking evidently when only one individual has been charged with his murder.”

65491668_10219681118638900_3366598149190713344_nDr. Letitia Plummer, Pearland Dentist, and Houston City Council Member: “My deepest condolences to the family of George Floyd for their loss, for a life ended before it’s time. As a mother of three black men, the injustice suffered by George is deeply hurtful and personal. It is a reminder that the current system is broken,  working against our communities and there is a need for change.”

 

49578006_2025619600808936_8476641493694545920_nChase Burgin, Works at Alvin Community College: “The community as a whole is saddened by the loss of George. Our hearts go out to his family. Hopefully, justice can help give the family some closure to this senseless loss of life.”

 

98416140_10163337778445570_5972151402317742080_oLucy Espana, Widow of fallen Pearland Police Officer Endy Ekpanya:
 “I speak from the heart when I say It is my hope that in this difficult time the love and support of the world carry you through to your new normal just as it did me when my husband was tragically killed. Death changes everything especially when it is sudden and without a proper goodbye, take your time to grieve and be gentle to yourselves. Every now and then there is beauty in the pain. There has got to be more that unites us than what is dividing us now. I know the family did not choose to be in this position but I believe great things will come of this if we can all pull through in unity. The point has got to be to honor the memory of George Floyd so that his death was not in vain but a catalyst for change. None of us can control people with hidden agendas seeking to aggravate or take advantage of this tragic event, but each of us that wants positive change, can open our hearts and minds to honest and constructive dialogue that can transform itself into action.”
IMG_0306Kevin Cole, Business Owner, Former Pearland City Council member, Mayoral Candidate: “I pray for peace and comfort to you as you lay him to rest In Pearland. I also pray for justice to be served to all those that lead to his death. May it be done swiftly and thoroughly. Lastly, I pray that George did not die in vain and “just another” death, but real change can come to the hearts of people across our great nation.”
FullSizeRender 2Rachel Garcia, Master Stylist at Altered Images  “My deepest condolences and compassion are with the family and friends of George Floyd during this sad time.  George should not have been taken away this way.  I pray justice is served. May God look out for his little girl and comfort his loved ones always”
94184944_10159534400194348_1097902793156460544_oVince King, Famous Elvis Impersonator and CEO of Vince King Enterprises: “Our deepest sympathy and sincerest condolences to the entire Floyd family & friends.  May this unnecessary & horrible tragedy inspire positive change and unity.  God bless from my family to yours.”
18700754_10210108389288813_756721712496805323_oRachel Redus, Campaign Staffer at Senator Ted Cruz: “We hear you, and we mourn with you.  Thank you to George Floyd’s family for being positive and proactive during this time. The violence must end, and there are issues that need to be addressed as we move forward. We must unite and debunk the “us vs them” narrative. We are one. There’s power in unity. May God bless you all. We are with you, all the way.”
102921528_2695304397380386_3411922317212818248_oMona Chavarria, President, and Owner of A&A Cleaning Services:”No one should experience fear for being who they are. Nor should a family have to experience grief.  Our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the Floyd family. God of love and mercy embrace this family and hold them close through the coming days.  “Darkness  cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Martin Lurther King, Jr.

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Tim Weeks, President and Owner of CLink Construction and Cable Company: “Our hearts are heavy to even have to speak on such issues of this sort in today’s world, all lives matter.

Simple words from someone you don’t know and cannot feel relieve your pain and suffering, but God’s grace and time will bring you peace.

God bless and prayers for your family.”

 

IMG_0308Daniel Hernandez, Iman of the Pearland Islamic Center:“I would like to send on behalf of the Muslim community our heartfelt condolences to the lovely family of George Floyd. May God grant you comfort and ease during these difficult times.”
IMG_0307Patrick Presley, Univerity of Houston Graduate, Class of  2020 -“While we all wish George’s life was not taken from him, I hope we can find some comfort in that he will forever live on in our hearts and minds as a much-needed symbol of change. We will not allow the taking of his life to go in vain. I am absolutely honored to have him laid to rest here in Pearland.”
By the time I finished posting everyone’s quotes, I found my words.  Well, sort of.  I found a message I posted on social media in 2015 and while it is not a message of condolences, it is a message of love and unity.
Leisha S. D’Angelo – A mom that writes, takes pictures and loves dogs
83392074_10220451596336627_1791059894246309888_o“Each and every one of us are a humanly-flawed, experiencing life’s triumph’s & tragedies, scrapes & bruises- together, as a team, as one big graduating class.  We all start and end on the same line, and no matter how we spin it, we need one another.  We need compassion, empathy, and love. And, if we need it, we also should extend it graciously and unequivocally to others. Not only do we help ourselves and the world by living this way, but we’re called to do so; to extend the same grace and humility we need.  Not one of us is above another.
 In a world littered with pain-filled eyes, be the liberator, the hero, the look they’re searching for – and when you do, you’ll be blessed, in this life and beyond.
Change begins with one faithful servant after another, and this is where our life’s purpose begins.”
~ Justice for George, Peace and Love, We will take care of him in Pearland ~LSD
Floyd died in Minneapolis police custody on Memorial Day after an officer put his knee on Floyd’s neck for almost 9 minutes.  The officer was arrested and charged with third-degree murder.
The three other officers at the scene were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Floyd was raised in Houston’s Third Ward and was a popular high school football player who rapped with local legend DJ Screw. He moved to Minneapolis several years ago to seek work and a fresh start.
ORIGINAL ARTWORK DONATED FROM PEARLAND RESIDENT AND ARTIST SUSAN RUSSO:
“FROM DARK TO LIGHT”
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