A memorial service for George Floyd, the first of three planned monuments, is being held in Minneapolis.
George Floyd, 46, died May 25 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His death in police custody sparked huge protests in the United States.
Now family members and friends are arriving to take their seats for the memorial service.
The office at a shrine at the city’s North Central University was also attended by a number of MPs, actors and musicians.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Waltz, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Congresswoman Ilhan Omar are some of the politicians present.
Ludacris, TI, Tiffany Hadish and Kevin Hart are among the celebrities present.
Attendees were also reminded to distance themselves socially to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
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The service began with a reading of verses by the Rev. Jerry McAfee of the New Salem Missionary Baptist Church.
On June 3, new charges were announced against all four already fired officers present at the death of George Floyd.
Police officer Derek Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder, while the other three police officers, who have not been charged before, face charges of aiding and abetting murder.
Most of the demonstrations over the past eight days have been peaceful, but some have turned violent and evening hours have been imposed in a number of cities.
Former President Barack Obama and Megan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, are among senior public figures who have offered their support to the protesters.
Benjamin Crump, a lawyer for the Floyd family, said it was more than just honoring George Floyd’s memory.
“It will be a celebration of life, but it will also be a plea to America and a plea for justice that we do not allow his death to be in vain.” he told NBC Today show.