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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Mother: US teen shot by police 'did not deserve to die'

An unarmed teenager shot dead in Missouri by a police officer "did not deserve to die", his mother told a news conference. Protests were sparked after Michael Brown, 18, was shot on Saturday. Lesley McSpadden, broke down, telling reporters:

It's my first-born son. I just wish I could have been there to help him. He didn't deserve it.

– Lesley McSpadden

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