Mourners, civil rights leaders attend funeral of slain black Missouri teen whose death triggered riots
Published on Aug 25, 2014 11:21 PM
ST LOUIS (REUTERS) - Mourners sang, clapped and danced on Monday at funeral services for Michael Brown, remembering the slain black teenager with words of goodwill and joy rather than the violence and outrage that followed his killing by a white police officer.
Brown’s body lay at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in a black and gold casket, topped with the St. Louis Cardinals baseball cap he was wearing when he was killed on Aug 9 in Ferguson, Missouri.
As hundreds of people filed into the modern red-brick church on Dr Martin Luther King Drive in St Louis, Brown’s coffin was surrounded by photos of him as a child, graduating from school and smiling in his Cardinals cap.
“There are no goodbyes for us, wherever you are you will always be in our hearts,” read a sign accompanying one of the photos.
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