KEY POINTS

  • George Floyd will be buried in his hometown of Houston, Texas on June 9
  • Joe Biden will travel to Houston Monday to condole with the Floyds
  • Sen. Mitt Romney has become the first Senate Republican to march in the street alongside protestors demanding an end to racism and police brutality

George Floyd Jr. will be buried Tuesday in his hometown of Houston and Democratic Party presidential candidate Joe Biden will pay his respects to Floyd and condole with his family the day before.

Biden's meeting with the Floyds will be private. It's expected he will meet with Floyd's siblings; his six year-old daughter, Gianna; and her mother, Roxie Washington, to personally offer his condolences. He's also expected to meet with other members of the Floyd family.

Biden, however, has decided not to attend Floyd's funeral set for Tuesday so as not to disrupt the proceedings. He has also taped a video message for the service.

George Floyd was born in North Carolina, lived most of his life in Houston and moved to Minneapolis from Houston four years ago to search for better job opportunities.

Biden first spoke with the Floyd family on May 29, four days after the 46-year-old African-American died in the hands of Derek Chauvin, a former officer of the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD). Floyd's death, which many attribute to Chauvin kneeling on his neck for close to nine minutes and which was caught on video, triggered 13 straight days of protests in the U.S. as of Sunday.

After that phone call, Biden said the Floyds are a "close, decent, honorable family." Biden also urged real police reform, "to hold cops to a higher standard that so many of them actually meet, that holds bad cops accountable and repairs relationships between law enforcement and the community they're sworn to protect."

Last week, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said it's only right Floyd be buried in the city he grew up in.

"This is our house," said Turner. "This is the same city that George Floyd grew up. And his body will be returning to this city. To his city."

Floyd grew-up in Houston's Third Ward and graduated from Yates High School. A star tight end football player, Floyd played in the 1992 state championship game in the Houston Astrodome.

Thousands of people have been taking part in more than a week of protests nationwide against racism and police brutality after the death of George Floyd In this representational picture, thousands of people take part in protests nationwide against racism and police brutality after the death of George Floyd. Photo: AFP / Jose Luis Magana

On Sunday, Sen. Mitt Romney, R-UT, former GOP presidential candidate and the most vocal Trump critic among Senate Republicans, also showed solidarity with protestors in Washington D.C., demanding an end to police brutality and systemic racism while seeking justice for victims of police violence such as Floyd.

Videos and photos on social media show a masked Romney walking in the street with protestors. Romney later told media he marched because "many voices" are needed to join together and stand against racism in the U.S.

"We need a voice against racism," he told an NBC reporte. "We need many voices against racism and against brutality. And we need to stand up and say black lives matter."