The death of George Floyd galvanized a movement, as cities from New York to Los Angeles consider changes to police funding. Loved ones are remembering him as a man who wanted to “touch the world.”

A final goodbye to George Floyd is underway in Houston, where he will be buried.
After more than two weeks of demonstrations and anguished calls for racial justice, the man whose death gave rise to an international movement, and whose words — “I can’t breathe” — have become a rallying cry, is being laid to rest on Tuesday at a private funeral in Houston.

George Floyd, 46, will be buried in a grave next to his mother.

Hundreds of mourners filled the Fountain of Praise church as the service got underway on Tuesday, capping five days of public memorials in Minneapolis, North Carolina, and Houston more than two weeks after his death powered sprawling protests across America.

Mr. Floyd, who was pinned under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer and died in custody on May 25, was remembered as a star student-athlete and father who, in death, became an emblem of national change. A singer, Dray Tate, gave a rendition of “A Change Is Gonna Come” as an artist onstage painted Mr. Floyd’s face in white paint on a black canvas. A reading from the Old Testament included a passage from the Book of Amos: “Wailing shall be in all the streets.