MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A Memphis artist traveled to Ferguson, Mo., to help 18-year-old Michael Brown's grieving family.
Tim Flowers with FashionFunerals.com reached out to the family through mutual contacts after he heard of the teen's death.
He was horrified to learn that Brown's body was left in the streets for some time after an officer shot and killed him.
"He deserved something more humane than what I saw on social media," Flowers said.
The family accepted Flowers's offer to make them memorial t-shirts, blankets, and other items, including ties for Brown's pallbearers.
He drove four hours north and met with Brown's father's family Friday in Ferguson.
"We had an opportunity to meet with them, deliver the products to them, and fellowship with them, which was, you know, the more important piece of the element. To just express our sympathy and be there with them in support, and they appreciated that," Flowers said.
Flowers said the protestors he saw were peaceful.
He said by Friday, protestors felt that police were more respectful of their right to protest.
Flowers also said he was humbled to be able to help Memphis mark Ferguson.
"Absolutely. America needs to help Ferguson, okay? We're all residents of the United States, so what happens in Ferguson affects us directly in Memphis," Flowers said.
Flowers plans to travel back to Ferguson for Brown's funeral, which is said to be on Monday.