by Dayo Laniyan
The Friendly Temple Baptist Church in St Louis was filled with hundreds of people yesterday as they attended the funeral of the black teenager who was killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri.
Prayers and songs were lofted up to remember the life of 18 year old Michael Brown, who was shot on the 9th August by a white police officer for simply walking in the street.
His death has triggered days of protests and violent confrontation, however tensions seem to have eased over time.
Before the funeral, as the family prepared for the funeral, the teenager’s father, Michael Brown Snr asked for a day of peace from the crowds at a rally in St Louis on Sunday.
“All I want is peace while my son is being laid to rest…Can you please, please take a day of silence so we can lay our son to rest? Please. It’s all I ask.”
During the funeral, Mr Brown’s cousin, Eric Davis stood up and spoke,
“We have had enough. We have had enough of having our brothers and sisters killed in the streets. Hear our voice. We have had enough of this senseless killing.”
Civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton addressed the mourners, stating that people had a right to protest with intimidation from the police.
“America is going to have to come to terms when there’s something wrong, that we have money to give military equipment to police forces, when we don’t have money for training and money for public education.”
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon did not attend, and President Obama sent three White House aides to represent him.