Elected officials still grieving as memorial for Ed Lee set for Sunday

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Flags at city hall in San Francisco remain at half-staff Thursday night --- as memorials grow in memory of former Mayor Ed Lee. A public viewing will take place at the City Hall Rotunda Friday.

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Acting San Francisco Mayor London Breed got emotional about the growing memorial of love for Ed Lee outside city hall. She said a shocking and tragic week will end in tribute to the mayor who died suddenly early Tuesdsay morning. "We are going to honor him and lay him to rest and do it in a way that would make him proud," she said.

The mayor's casket will arrive early Friday at city hall for public viewing. Lee will be inside the rotunda from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m.

"It's going to be a hard week for all of us," said Supervisor Jane Kim. "This is someone we saw on Monday getting ready and excited about the holidays."

A public memorial for Lee will take place Sunday afternoon at city hall. Former Mayor Willie Brown willbe one of the speakers who may share a funny story about how Lee always wanted to be a point guard for the NBA. "He didn't make it," Brown said. "So he brought a team over here who could tolerate a short guy playing with the team."

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Brown may joke, but he will honor the man he says the city was lucky to have as its leader.

"It's appropriate and fitting for a man who earned everyone's respect," Brown added.

Lee was a man, a mayor gone too soon.

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