George Floyd will be laid to rest Tuesday in his hometown of Houston after a private funeral, two weeks after his death in Minneapolis set off hundreds of protests against racism and police brutality worldwide.
Flowers and mementos piled at the front doors of the Fountain of Praise church in Houston, Texas, hours before the funeral service was scheduled to begin late Tuesday morning.
Floyd’s friends and family were seen pouring in to the church for the service, as well as well-known figures like civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, Houston Texans player J.J. Watt and actors Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Presumed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden gave a message to mourners via a prerecorded video, in which he paid his respects to Floyd’s family and implored Americans to continue to fight against racism and injustice.
“As I have said to you privately, I know you will never feel the same again,” Biden told the Floyd family. “Unlike most, you must grieve in public. It’s a burden, a burden that is now your purpose to change the world for the better in the name of George Floyd.”
Floyd will reportedly be buried next to his mother, “Cissy,” at Houston Memorial Gardens in Pearland, Texas, just outside of Houston.