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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.

Lesley McSpadden (right) and Michael Brown Sr (left), parents of 18-year-old Michael Brown, arrive to take part in their son's funeral service at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St Louis, Missouri, August 25, 2014. Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot dead by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
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