DeWine will not hold Thursday press briefing out of respect for George Floyd memorial service

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Gov. Mike DeWine at the Ohio Statehouse during a daily coronavirus press briefing. Credit: Andy Chow, Statehouse News, Ohio Public Radio and Television

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH/AP)– Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s office has cancelled their Thursday 2 p.m. coronavirus briefing “out of respect for today’s memorial service for George Floyd in Minneapolis.”

The governor’s office says any updates for today will be released via press release and posted online at governor.ohio.gov and coronavirus.ohio.gov.

Thursday will be the first of three memorials in three different states.

The first service will be Thursday afternoon at North Central University in Minneapolis. Sharpton, founder of the National Action Network, and Floyd family attorney Ben Crump will speak.

Floyd’s body will then go to Raeford, North Carolina, where he was born 46 years ago, for a two-hour public viewing and private service for the family on Saturday.

Finally, a public viewing will be held Monday in Houston, where he was raised and lived most of his life. A 500-person service on Tuesday will take place at The Fountain of Praise church and will include addresses from Sharpton, Crump, and the Rev. Remus E. Wright, the family pastor. Former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, may attend, and other political figures and celebrities are expected as well. A private burial will follow.

Both the memorials in Minneapolis and Houston will include personal tributes and eulogies about social justice, Sharpton said.

NBC4 will carry George Floyd’s memorial live on air and online.

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