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Rev. Al Sharpton, Joe Biden to honor George Floyd in Houston

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Rev. Al Sharpton is expected to delivery the eulogy at the funeral service for George Floyd, and Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden is planning to meet privately with the family of the man killed by police in Minneapolis last month.

Floyd’s body arrived in Houston Saturday night at George Bush International Airport. From there, Houston police escorted the body to the Fort Bend Memorial Planning Center.

A public viewing is scheduled from noon to 6 p.m. Monday at The Fountain of Praise in Houston, 13950 Hillcroft Ave. A private funeral starts 11 a.m. Tuesday in the same church. He will be buried next to his mother at Houston Memorial Gardens, 2426 Cullen Blvd. in Pearland.

In addition to Sharpton, Remus E. Wright and Pastor Mia K. Wright, the senior pastor and co-pastor of the Fountain of Praise, will deliver the life celebration salutation.

Biden plans to travel to Houston on Monday to offer his condolences to Floyd’s family, the New York Times reported. He will also record a video message for Tuesday’s funeral.

The University of Houston announced Sunday that it is canceling Monday classes so that students have a chance to attend the public viewing.

Floyd, who was black and grew up in Houston’s Third Ward, was killed Memorial Day by a white Minneapolis police officer who pinned him to the ground with his knee as Floyd pleaded for help. Floyd’s death has become a catalyst for a pivotal moment in civil rights history, sparking nearly two weeks of protests targeting police brutality and racial injustice across the country.

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