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UPDATE: Houston Celebrates Legacy Of Councilman Larry Green At His Funeral

Mayor Sylvester Turner describes him as a “tenacious and passionate” public servant


U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee attended Green's funeral and highlighted the late Houston Councilman “believed the in quality of life for everyone.”

Family and friends of City Councilman Larry Green, as well as a multitude of local and state politicians and law enforcement representatives, gathered in Houston Monday to attend his funeral and highlighted his hard work representing District K.

The funeral took place at the Brentwood Baptist Church, located in south Houston.

Mayor Sylvester Turner, along with numerous Council members and law enforcement representatives such as Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg, attended the funeral. Texas State Senators Boris Miles (Democrat-District 13) –who was a personal friend of Green's— and Sylvia Garcia (Democrat-District 6) were also present at the memorial service

Turner highlighted that Green was “tenacious and passionate.”

“He gave himself to his district,” the Mayor said and added that “the district loved him, he loved them back and Larry was hands-on and he wanted better because when you’ve lived in districts and neighborhoods that have been under served what brings you satisfaction is to make it better and he came to the District K with a great deal of passion.”

Before the memorial service began, Turner explained he had known Green for many years.

“I've known him for a long time, more than 25 years. Met him in law school, when I was teaching over at Thurgood Marshall. And then he participated in my first mayoral campaign and the second as well as the third. And so, I'll miss him as a colleague, I'll miss him as a fraternity brother, and certainly I'll miss him as a friend,” the Mayor told local media.

Donald Perkins, Green's chief of staff, talked about Green's devotion to his work and emphasized that “all the multiple infrastructure projects that have recently been completed, that’s currently under construction, or that’s programmed on the City’s five-year CIP have been equally distributed across the district.”

Members of the U.S. Congress also attended the funeral.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (Democrat-Texas Congressional District 18) underlined that Green “believed the in quality of life for everyone,” while Congressman Al Green (Democrat-Texas Congressional District 9) noted that the Councilman was “a good and decent person” and also emphasized that “he cared about people and he didn’t just care about those persons who had it made, the people who could make large contributions. Larry cared about people who could never make a single contribution to his campaign.”

Green, 52, was found dead in his home on March 6.

An autopsy was performed on March 7 and the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences anticipates it could release information about the cause of death sometime around the end of March or first week of April.

Green served on the Houston City Council since 2012 representing District K, which stretches from the edge of the Texas Medical Center to Fort Bend County.

He chaired the City's Transportation, Technology and Infrastructure Committee.

Houston will hold a special election for City Council District K on May 5.

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