GoFundMe for George Floyd's Memorial Fund Raises More Than $645,000 to Pay for Funeral Expenses

A GoFundMe campaign for George Floyd's memorial fund collected over $645,000 Thursday to pay for funeral and burial expenses following his death.

"This fund is established to cover funeral and burial expenses and to assist my family in the days to come as we continue to seek justice for George," Philonise Floyd, the brother of George Floyd, stated on the campaign page, which had set a goal of $600,000.

"My family and I watched in absolute horror as the now infamous and horrifying video began to spread quickly throughout social media. What we saw on that tape left us shell shocked; a white Minneapolis police officer kneeling directly on my brother's neck, obstructing his ability to breathe. As some officers knelt on his neck, other officers participated and watched; no one took any action to save my brother's life. Those officers would continue to brutalize my brother until he died," Philonise Floyd said.

George Floyd died in Minneapolis Monday, after four police officers responded to a call about a man using forged documents at a supermarket in the area. A video recorded at the time of Floyd's arrest documented how one police officer placed his knee on the Floyd's neck while he was lying face down on the ground, as he tells officers that he can't breathe.

Floyd appears to lose consciousness in the video that circulated on social media while the officer kept his knee on Floyd's neck. He was eventually loaded into an ambulance and pronounced dead at Hennepin County Medical Center. However, the Minneapolis Fire Department stated in a report that Floyd did not have a pulse before he was even placed in the ambulance.

The four officers who responded to the call were fired, according to a tweet sent Monday by Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey. The mayor said at a press conference Wednesday that there should be criminal charges brought against the police officer who knelt on Floyd's neck.

"We watched for five whole excruciating minutes as a white officer firmly pressed his knee into the neck of an unarmed, handcuffed black man. I saw no threat. I saw nothing that signaled that this kind of force was necessary," Frey said at the news conference, as he called on the county attorney to bring up criminal charges against the officer.

"Why is the man who killed George Floyd not in jail? If you had done it or I had done it, we would be behind bars right now. George Floyd deserves justice. His family deserves justice, the black community deserves justice, and our city deserves justice," he added.

Floyd's brother concluded his statements on the GoFundMe page by expressing the family's gratitude to the more than 28,000 donors.

"From the bottom of our hearts my family thanks each of you who have reached out. While we are not able to respond to each expression of love at this time, please know that we love and appreciate each and every one of you. Our hearts are overwhelmed!" Philonise Floyd said.

Newsweek reached out to the attorney listed on the GoFundMe campaign page for comment, but he did not respond back prior to publication.

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 27: Two men wear shirts stating "Rest in Power George Floyd" outside the Third Police Precinct on May 27, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Stephen Maturen/Getty