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Yates HS alumni hold walk, vigil for George Floyd at MacGregor Park

George Floyd graduated from Jack Yates High School in 1993.

HOUSTON — Jack Yates High School Class of 1993 held a vigil and walk for George Floyd Saturday morning at MacGregor Park.

Dozens gathered in the middle of the park -- on foot and on motorcycles -- to honor their classmate who died in Minneapolis when an officer, identified as Derek Chauvin, kneeled on his neck for nearly 11 minutes in an attempt to detain him.

Those who attended wore Yates' school colors and shirts that read "I Can't Breathe," which are some of the last words Floyd said before he died. 

Those unable to walk followed along in their vehicles. 

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On Friday, hundreds gathered in downtown Houston to demand justice for Floyd. The rally started at 2 p.m. and went on for nearly 11 hours. 

Nearly 200 people were arrested during the rally. Many of those will be charged with obstructing a roadway, according to the Houston Police Department.

Four Houston police officers suffered minor injuries during the protest and eight police vehicles were damaged.

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