Mourners lining up for Michael Brown’s funeral

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Ferguson, Missouri (CNN) — Mourners began lining up at a St. Louis church hours before Monday’s funeral of slain teenager Michael Brown. The line snaked around the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church on a sweltering St. Louis morning.

Retired mail carrier Hilliard Phillips, who once delivered on the street where Brown was killed, was among the mourners. He said there’s power in numbers, and he hoped the outpouring of support for Brown and his family would spur society to take a look at itself.

“You can’t really overnight change the behavior of a person, but sometimes they can be coerced in a sweet way. … I would hope they could see people coming together in a solemn way to show their respect to someone,” he said.

The Rev. Al Sharpton was expected to deliver a eulogy discussing the “national view” of Brown’s death more than two weeks after he was shot to death by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer.

Before Sharpton speaks, the Rev. Charles Ewing will deliver a eulogy from the family’s perspective, according to a preliminary program provided by organizers.

Brown’s death on August 9 sparked days of sometimes violent protests in the St. Louis suburb and concern over race and police shootings across the country. In the past several days, things have calmed down, and the town is slowly coming back to life.

Among the guests expected to attend the service were Martin Luther King III and the Rev. Bernice King; the Rev Jesse Jackson; the families of Trayvon Martin and Sean Bell; and celebrities Spike Lee, Diddy and Snoop Lion.

The White House is sending three officials to the funeral, including one who attended high school with his mother.

One of them is Broderick Johnson, who leads the White House’s My Brother’s Keeper Task Force. He’ll be joined by Marlon Marshall, a St. Louis native who attended high school with Brown’s mother, and Heather Foster. Marshall and Foster are part of the White House Office of Public Engagement.

Brown’s father, Michael Brown Sr., called Sunday for a day of calm during the funeral.

“Please, please take a day of silence so I can, so we can, lay our son to rest,” he told a rally in St. Louis. “Please. It’s all I ask.”

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7 comments

  • yup

    He was a punk kid that robbed a clerk that was as small as his leg then beat a cop breaking his eye socket and trying to grab his gun this little bitch got what was coming it’s not race or was it when he hit the Asian guy? To every Black or African American out there or whatever you prefer I don’t care about color it’s how people act. But for the people who destroyed businesses because they where mad and wanted to destroy stuff too bad the owners of those businesses didn’t have guns they put stuff there so you have shops now you don’t and the neighborhood will be worse at your hands.

  • TheFoundingFathers

    WHO GIVES A DAMN! Just one more worthless THUG put in the ground where ALL OF THE BELONG! The more dead ones the better!

  • Julie Gierzak

    no life is worthless SHAME ON ALL OF YOU YOU HAD BETTER HOPE AND PRAY THAT IT IS NEVER YOU OR YOUR LOVED ONE BEING PUT IN THE GROUND LIKE THAT HE WAS 18 YEARS OLD HE DID NOT DESERVE TO DIE AND ALL OF THE STEREOTYPING YOU ARE DOING JUST SHOWS HOW RACIST YOU REALLY ARE RIP MICHAEL BROWN AND TO THE BROWN FAMILY MY DEEPEST SYMPATHIES AS A MOTHER OF A MURDERED SON I KNOW EXACTLY HOW YOU FEEL

    • TheFoundingFathers

      So obviously you are just as ignorant as the rest of the race baiting ghetto trash! I wasn’t aware that this was a murder. Can you explain to all of us racists about how the “jury” came to this conclusion of murder, without a trial? Get off AL S’ s dick and shut the fuck up with your murder bullshit!

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