Mourners gather for funeral of US teenager Michael Brown

Hundreds of people are gathering for the funeral of Michael Brown, the unarmed American teenager who was shot dead by police on 9th August.

Speaking ahead of the ceremony, the teen's father called for calm, saying: "We need a moment of silence on our son. We need peace on his going-away."

Three White House officials will attend the service.

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Michael Brown Protesters gather outside Ferguson police headquarters. Credit: NBC News

Michael Brown's family also appealed for an end to the street violence after rioting broke out in St Louis overnight.

Hundreds gathered today outside police headquarters in Ferguson, the area of St Louis where Brown, 18, was killed, to stage a peaceful protest, although four arrests were made.

The race of the officer who shot Brown has not been revealed. The 53-strong Ferguson force has just three black officers, while two thirds of the area's residents are black.

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