Michael Brown’s father calls for calm Monday, the day his son is laid to rest
Ferguson, Missouri (CNN) — Mourners began lining up at a St. Louis church hours before Monday’s funeral of teenager Michael Brown.
His father called for a day of calm.
“Please, please take a day of silence so I can, so we can, lay our son to rest. Please. It’s all I ask,” Michael Brown Sr. said at a rally in St. Louis on Sunday.
His son,18, died on August 9 after being shot by Ferguson, Missouri, police Officer Darren Wilson.
His death sparked days of violent protests in the St. Louis suburb. In the past several days, things have calmed down, and the town is slowly coming back to life.
Brown will be eulogized at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis.
Family attorney Benjamin Crump will read a message from the Brown family.
Funeral organizers released a list Monday morning detailing guests expected, but not confirmed, to attend.
The list includes the Rev. Al Sharpton; 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.
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.